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How to Identify GFCI Outlet Problems

What is causing a GFCI Outlet to trip off? How to Identify and Correct GFCI Outlet Problems, The Most Common Problems with GFCI Outlets, Troubleshoot, Locate and Fix GFCI Outlet Problems.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: What is causing a GFCI Outlet to trip off?
We have a problem where a GFCI Outlets trips off.

This electrical wiring question came from: Vic, a Homeowner in  Pennsylvania.

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How to Identify and Repair GFCI Outlet Problems

Application: Troubleshoot GFCI Outlet Problem.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the GFCI circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the circuit wiring.

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2 Responses to “How to Identify GFCI Outlet Problems”
  1. Jeff says:

    I can’t insert a plug into one half of a GFCI in my kitchen. I unplugged a working clock and tried to plug in a clock radio but the plug simply will not go in. The upper half still works fine. I’ve had a little difficulty inserting plugs into GFCIs before, but nothing like this one. The nightlight in the upper half covers the reset button, but I’m reluctant to remove it in case I can’t reinsert it either. The lower half’s openings look like they’re blocked by plastic the same colour as the receptacle, but the radio I unplugged was plugged in and working, so where did that blockage come from?

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jeff,
    You may be describing a Tamper Proof Outlet, which is designed to keep children from inserting objects into the outlets. These outlets do require a little more force to install a plug into the outlet. However the outlet may be worn out and require a replacement.
    I hope this helps,