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How to Repair a Tripping GFCI Outlet

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Guide to Troubleshoot and Repair a GFCI Outlet Problem
GFCI Electrical Questions: What is causing a GFCI outlet to trip off?

GFCI Problem #1: The GFCI Does Not Always Trip

I need help with a GFCI receptacle problem. I have a 120 VAC circuit in our basement that was installed when the house was built. As it was in an unfinished basement, it was terminated to a GFCI receptacle. While finishing the basement it would trip from time to time when we had multiple work lights and an air compressor plugged in. Once we started finishing this area we connected about 3 additional outlets to the GFCI circuit as well as 2 can lights, 2 down bar lights and a fan and light. While testing the lights, turning off the 3 way light it tripped. Was able to reset with the GFCI button. The GFI doesn’t always trip, just like it originally did when only the GFCI receptacle was on the dedicated circuit. Putting a tester in the GFCI outlet shows solid and good connections. Could it be the GFCI outlet or the 15A breaker in the electrical panel? This is a 14/2 cable.

Thanks, Jim
This electrical wiring question came from: Jim, from Montrose, Colorado.

GFCI Problem #2: Lost Power to Other Plugs and Light

I have a circuit with four GFCI outlets on it and light above kitchen sink. All of a sudden I still have power at the first two GFCI outlets but no power going to the other two or the light above the sink. What could have happened?

This electrical wiring question came from Russell, in Crandon, Wisconsin.

GFCI Problem #3: The GFI to my Bathroom Quit Working

The GFI to my bathroom quit working. Testing showed power to the outlet but it would not reset. I replaced the GFI with a new one from Lowe’s, but it still would not reset and still had power to the load side. The circuit breaker in the garage is 20amp and seems to be working as I used it to turn off the power while i was working on it.The circuit breaker is a square D. Could it be bad and the GFI kicks out before the breaker? This does control another outlet in the other bathroom. The home is 7 years old.

This electrical wiring question came from Bill, a Homeowner in Titusville, Florida.

Dave’s Reply to these GFCI Questions:
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How to Repair GFCI Outlets

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Application: GFCI Outlet Repair.
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 outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional basement electrical wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

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One Response to “How to Repair a Tripping GFCI Outlet”
  1. Brenda says:

    Thanks for the informative answer Dave!
    Thank you and your help and for all the research and information.