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How To Reset an Electric Circuit Breaker: Do I need to call an electrician or is there something I can check as a homeowner?

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: How do I reset a tripped circuit breaker?

I have a GFCI outlet on the outside of my house that stopped working when I plugged in a table saw.
It already had a waterfall pump. Nothing in the breaker box had any effect (though not well marked).
I replaced the outlet with test and reset buttons (previous did not have these) and still have no power. Do I need to call an electrician or is there something I can check as a homeowner.

This electrical troubleshooting question came from: Chris, from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chris.

Electrical Troubleshooting a Tripped Circuit Breaker

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Circuit Protection for a GFCI Outlet
Chris, the GFCI outlet provides ground fault protection for the outlet, however the GFCI circuit has over current  protection which is provided by the circuit breaker back at the panel.

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How To Reset an Electric Circuit Breaker

NOTE: A Circuit Breaker May Be Tripped OFF and Appear To Be ON, therefore it is best to switch the breaker OFF, and then back on to make sure it it fully reset.

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