Kitchen GFCI Wiring
Wiring a Kitchen GFCI Outlet – The LINE and LOAD areas of the GFCI Outlet refer to the wires coming from the power source, and the LOAD area refers to wiring that may branch out to other outlets that may be protected by the GFCI outlet.
How a Kitchen GFCI Outlet is Wired
Electrical Question: I want to install a GFCI switch in kitchen. Currently I have a 14-3 wire coming to the outlet. The instructions for the GFCI says if there are more than 2 wires not including the ground, to contact an electrician for installation instructions. There are three wires plus the ground coming in. Thank you for any information you can give me.
This electrical question came from: Allan, a Handyman from St. Thomas, Canada.
Thanks for your electrical question Allan.
Wiring GFCI Outlets
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Kitchen GFCI Wiring
- Allan, the instructions that came with the GFCI outlet are indicating that an electrician will need to examine the wiring and perform a few tests to properly identify what the wiring is actually used for before the new GFCI can be properly installed.
Wiring a Kitchen GFCI Outlet
- Special attention is required to understand that there are two areas to attach the electrical wiring to the GFCI outlet.
- The LINE and LOAD areas of the GFCI Outlet refer to the wires coming from the power source, and the LOAD area refers to wiring that may branch out to other outlets that may be protected by the GFCI outlet.
- A full description and wiring diagrams are found using the links below.
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