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Is Your Bathroom GFCI Outlet a Problem


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Signs that a Bathroom GFCI Outlet May Need to be Replaced:I flipped the breaker switch and repeated. Is there anything I can do?

Does Your GFI Outlet Need Replacing?

Electrical Question: I’ve been renting an apartment for a month. The GFCI outlet in my bathroom powered my hair straightener fine for several weeks. Last week after an earthquake it stopped powering that appliance. Other appliances still work fine when plugged into the GFCI – like my hair dryer, and the straightener works fine plugged into outlets in other rooms. It’s AC100-120v, 50/60Hz, 72W. I’ve tested and reset the GFCI. I flipped the breaker switch and repeated. Is there anything I can do? Is an appliance with this voltage not meant to work in a GFCI? Why would it work for weeks and then not work now?
Any insight would be helpful.

This electrical question came from: Heather, from Washington, DC.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Heather.

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