How to Fix 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 in McKinney, Texas.
Related Question #2:
How can I fix a Tripped GFCI Outlet?
I have a GFCI outlet in the kitchen and I cannot reset it. It springs back out when depressed. It has a reset button on the top and test button on bottom. I checked the fuse box and could not find breaker that needed resetting.
This electrical wiring question came from Alfred in Sebring, Florida.
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Why a GFCI Outlet Trips Off
Application: Testing GFCI Outlet and Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified 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.
Causes of GFCI Outlet Tripping
- A GFCI will trip off if voltage form a fault is detected flowing to a grounded source.
- Small amounts of electrical current may leak to ground if the GFCI outlet and circuit components are not protected and they become wet due to a non-weather proof cover or box.
- The GFCI circuitry is sensitive and at times may trip off when appliances such as a refrigerator or freezer are plugged into them.
- A GFCI outlet may wear out over time and need to be replaced as well.
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