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How to Repair a Tripping GFCI Outlet

Why is my GFCI Outlet Tripping Off? Causes of GFCI Outlet Tripping.

GFCI Outlet Tripping

Electrical Question: Why is my GFCI Outlet Tripping Off?

I have an outlet on my outside patio and one in my garage that are on the same circuit. The garage outlet is a GFCI outlet and it keeps tripping, about once a week. It has a refrigerator plugged into it, but nothing else that runs constantly. I replaced the 15A GFCI outlet with a 20A GFCI outlet, but it still trips, about once a week. I also noticed recently that the patio outlet(not GFCI) works sporadically. When I first noticed it wasn’t working, I disconnected it and reconnected it securely. It started working, but stopped the next day. Is it possible that the outside outlet is causing the garage outlet to trip somehow? If so, is it possible that replacing the patio outlet would fix the problem?

Thanks for your help.

This electrical question came from: Michael, from McKinney, Texas.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Michael

Why a GFCI Outlet Trips Off

Application: Testing GFCI Outlet and Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools a Voltage Tester or Plug-In Circuit Analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the extent of the electrical repairs, the number of outlets that are affected and access to each location.
Precaution: Identify the GFCI outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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