Repairing a Kitchen GFCI Circuit
Why are the outlets in my kitchen out and the GFCI outlet with a light is glowing? Guide to Kitchen GFI Outlet Circuit Problems and How to Fix Them, GFI Outlet Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs.© By: Dave Rongey
Kitchen GFCI Outlet Problem
Electrical Problem: Why are the outlets in my kitchen out and the GFCI outlet with a light is glowing?
- Yesterday I came home to one circuit of outlets in my kitchen out and the GFCI outlet with a light was glowing.
- The breaker is not tripped. I unplugged everything from each outlet on the circuit and tried each on another circuit, there are no problems.
- When I press the Test button and then the Reset button the outlets work for about 10 minutes and then pop the outlet again with nothing plugged in any outlet.
- The house is 14 years old, this is the only electrical issue anywhere. Should I just replace the outlet? I know that I should turn off the kitchen circuit breaker and have done wiring in the past.
This home electrical wiring question came from: Liz, in Springfield, Tennessee.
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring question Liz.
Guide to Kitchen GFCI Circuit Problems and How to Fix Them
Application: GFCI Outlet Problem
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. This electrical repair is 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 Kitchen GFI outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replace the GFCI Outlet with the same amperage rating and rewire the new GFI Outlet using the same wiring configuration paying close attention to the LINE and LOAD wiring configurations. Test the GFI outlet and other outlets on the same circuit to make sure the GFI is performing correctly. Testing other outlets to trip the GFI can be done using an analog or induction tester with one lead in the power slot and the other in the ground slot.
GFCI Outlet Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs
- GFCI Outlet
- With an older home it is common that the original GFCI Outlets may become faulty, however if there is a time delay before the GFCI trips off then there may be other factors to consider.
- GFCI Circuit
- When the weather has been cold, wet or damp then there is a possibility that the GFCI Outlet circuit may feed additional outlets which may be affected by moisture.
- GFCI Indicator Light
- Locate as many outlets as possible that are off when the GFCI outlet trips off and the indicator light is on, and notice if the outlets show any sign of moisture and remedy the condition.
- Problem GFCI
- If a moisture condition has not been identified then the GFCI outlet should be replaced.
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