My Outlets Are Dead – Should I Replace The GFCI?
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Electrical Question from David about GFCI Wiring.
Background: David, a Handyman from Amherst, NH
Question: I had a GFCI with downstream outlets. This morning, I noticed the downstream outlets were dead. However, the GFCI outlet was working. I found that when I pushed in the reset button, the downstream outlets went hot.
Is it normal for a GFCI to “trip”, cut off the downstream outlets, yet keep the GFCI outlets hot? Or should I replace the GFCI?
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Thanks for your electrical question David. No that is not normal. The GFCI outlet should be replaced. The manufacturers are making the newer GFCI’s much better. Make sure to purchase a name brand GFCI with a genuine UL Listing, never buy a generic.Â Fully explained wiring instructions complete with a picture series ofÂ GFCI installations and wiring diagrams can be found here in the GFCI area here in this website. Just click the GFCI Outlet Wiring link below.
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