Ground fault circuit interrupter, also referred to GFCI, GFI, or a residual-current device. This devices detects a leak in current, or an imbalance between the current on the hot and neutral wires. This is used to prevent electrical shock.

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GFCI breaker tripping to pool pump

I have an in ground swimming pool. There is an outdoor sub panel with a 20amp GFCI breaker is connected to the pump. Today we had a bad rain storm...water coming down cats and dogs in every ...
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Split plug gfci replacement

In my kitchen I have 2 countertop plugs, each is on its own circuit wired with 12/3 and top and bottom receptacles are split. Red going to top black to bottom and shared neutral. How would I replace ...
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What does it mean when one wire goes into load, and one goes into line

I am replacing my kitchen outlets with GFCI. The inspector told me I just needed to install one at the first outlet in the circuit. I looked at the outlets on either side of my kitchen; at one end ...
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New GFCI will not reset

I recently replaced a GFI receptacle. I have power to the receptacle but the plug will not reset. It is wired correctly, i have also pushed reset firmly, evenly and for several seconds. I even ...
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Can a bathroom outlet be wired to a GFCI in another bathroom

I live in a fairly new, less than 10 year old, rental complex. The outlet in one bathroom is not a GFCI, but is wired to a GFCI in another bathroom -- the two bathrooms do not share a wall. Is that ...
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How do I wire this switch/outlet combo?

This 5 minute task has kept me busy for an hour. Old switch/outlet combo melted. Replacing with gfci combo. Red/White pair is the line. Orange/White pair is the load to the light. Strangely, ...
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GFCI pops when the heater comes on

Just wired a new heater like this and the GFCI pops when the heater comes on. Can someone explain to me why this is happening?
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Wiring switched-controlled GFCI outlets outdoors

I have a dedicated outdoor 20 amp circuit (GFCI breaker) in my yard that was for a pool we got rid of. 2-gang box w/weatherproof cover. I want to install a GFCI outlet that is controlled by a switch....
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what could cause my gfci to randomly trip?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement, and am almost done with the electrical rough-in. The whole thing is open studs at this time, so any sort of reconfiguration is easily possible. I have a ...
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Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when I connect the load wires?

I was trying to install a GFCI outlet and when I install it with the five wire setup with the line on top and load on bottom, the outlet continually trips. I made sure which wire was the hot-line and ...
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Wiring for GFCI and 3 switches in bathroom

I'm wrapping up a bathroom remodel. An electrician came a while back and ran new wiring. He installed a plastic 4-gang box which will have a GFCI receptacle and 3 switches for a light above the ...
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Must outdoor GFCI power outlets be covered?

I have outside the regular (i.e. non-GFCI) power outlet that you see on the left. It has a nice double-cover that will keep water out. I am about to replace it with a GFCI outlet (right of the ...
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GFCI outlets fail repeatedly in new home

I purchased new home which has never been lived in and I have had to replace three different ground fault outlets. They just quit working. Now I have one in bathroom, which had been previously ...
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Why isn't my GFCI receptacle working?

I am installing a GFCI outlet and I am having some issues. I have identified the hot and neutral wires. They test positive with the voltmeter when I turn on the switch. I connect the receptacle to ...
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Replacing GFCI Plug on Hairdryer

I have a fairly old hairdryer, this morning one of the wires going into the plug frayed enough to cause one of the wires to burn up. I love this hairdryer and it should be a very easy fix. I just ...
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GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it

Using a thermal camera (coolest thing in the world, by the way), I discovered that a GFCI outlet in my bathroom is hotter then the surrounding wall when nothing's plugged into it: It's not boiling ...
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Should I add GFCI outlets in my bathrooms if those circuits already have a GFCI remote on them?

I just purchased my first house and when the inspector was taking us through it he showed us that there are two or three remote GFCI outlets that control a number of outlets across the house. Example: ...
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What could be causing GFCI breakers and receptacles to trip?

I have a two wire system and after installing GFCI outlet in kitchen I realized there is a problem with some type of inconsistancy causing the GFCI to trip as soon as power is sent to it. Thinking the ...
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What problems could occur if I plugged a 3-prong plug into a receptacle labeled “No Equipment Ground”?

I have several old, ungrounded outlets in my house which are protected with GFCI, which is allowed per code as the GFCI will protect a person in the event of a ground-fault. These outlets are ...
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magic chef gas stove no clicking, gfci is tripped, won't reset

just like usual, I cleaned the magic chef gas stove Under the top. the gfci in the next room went red, no clicking, no pilot, but it's clean. What's wrong?
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How to determine why an AFIC or GFIC breaker tripped?

GFCI and AFCI breakers trip under specific conditions, unbalanced current, and a detected arc, respectively. However, they also trip under ordinary overcurrent conditions in the same way that ordinary ...
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Electrical problem with GFCI

I just bought this house, and the circuit in the garage was functioning fine. I have a GFCI and one downstream receptacle on a certain branch. There are other GFCIs on this circuit, but not in line ...
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GFCI issue with grounded protected receptacle

Trying to wire GFCI and a protected receptacle into the same box for 4 outlet set up. When I wire protected receptacle to LOAD side and connect it to the ground, the GFCI test fails. If I ...
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New GFCI plug but no power?

Installed new 15A GFCI wall plug. Green light is on but no power is available. What do I do?
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Outlets that seem to be on same circuit, but not behaving that way

I'm trying to install a GFCI outlet in my kitchen. My understanding is that you can install one GFCI on the circuit and this will protect all of the other outlets. This is assuming that the GFCI ...
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GFI false trips, but everything checks out. (????)

Any load trips a new GFCI breaker: Conditions: Brand new construction. New 75' 4wire feed to new subpanel from a long working and reliable main subpanel. One GFCI breaker feeding 4 outlets from new ...
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Why does my greatroom have a GFI breaker on the circuit?

We moved into a condo in 2012 and have had issues on one of the circuits. The circuit serves the outlets in our great room and sun room. Initially, we would trip the breaker when using the vacuum ...
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Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when anything is plugged in?

My house was built in 1994. The garage is fed from one 20amp circuit wired to the lights first, then a GFCI, then a couple regular outlets. This has worked fine for me for 19+ years. We had a ...
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What breaker size for box containing two GFCI circuits?

What should the main panel breaker size be to control a 60amp GFCI for a hot tub and a 15amp GFCI outlet. The gfci's are mounted in a box that will be wired to the main panel.
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GFCI breaker has no power?

When I place GFCI breaker into panel and turn the power on, there is no power that I can measure on the hot leg. I measure it between white wire (neutral) and the hot leg. Yes, the pigtail white wire ...
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Can I add a standard receptacle on a GFCI circuit

So, I want to add a receptacle in the bathroom (I tend to run out of batteries on my phone while crapping at the end of the day). There's a GFCI outlet on the other side of the crapper wall that ...
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How to add a gfci and surge protector to pool pump line?

I want to add a gfci and surge protector to the 240v circuit for my pool pump. The 12 guage power wires (red and black) and ground (green) run from the corner of yard directly to the main breaker ...
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Running a standard receptacle on GFCI line

I am recently done with my kitchen renovation. I have L shaped kitchen where the smaller portion has refrigerator on it. The refrigerator has been moved from from the corner of the wall to the center, ...
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Why GFCI outlets?

In the original portion of my 1949 Colorado home, there are several GFCI outlets in the family room and bedroom. It looks like at least one room's outlets are not grounded, would this be why someone ...
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How to wire a GFCI with 4 white and 4 black wires - see pictures

I live in an old house and I am looking to replace a two prong outlet in the kitchen with a GFCI outlet . I already did this for two outlets in my garage. When I removed the outlet, I found 2 wires on ...
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GFCI receptacle and 3-way switches

I have replaced a bathroom outlet with a GFCI. The first outlet from the circuit breaker is the bathroom outlet. The circuit then goes to a switched light outdoors, a switched light to a hallway, ...
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Is is safe to only use a gfci with no ground wires downstream?

If you use a gfci outlet and the rest of the outlets downstream don't have a ground wire attached, are they still considered grounded and are they safe?
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Wiring a light fixture in bathroom attached to a switch and GFCI

I am replacing all the components in my bathroom during a remodel. I have a box that has a light switch and a GFCI, the switch controls the vanity light. When i removed the old fixture I neglected to ...
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A GFCI outlet controlled by a light switch

I'm installing a disposal and am wondering how I can control the GFCI that the disposal is plugged into with a switch. I want the switch to control the GFCI outlet to protect the disposal. Thank you.
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GFCI Outlet or Breaker

As a part of my renovation of a 1900's cottage I'm completely rebuilding the kitchen. I'm planning on running 2 20A circuits shared between the countertop outlets, fridge & dishwasher. Is there ...
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How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?

I have a bank — circuit? — of outlets in the kitchen that have stopped working. One of these outlets is a GFCI but it is not tripped. The breakers for all the kitchen outlets have not tripped but I ...
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How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?

I have two countertop outlets in my kitchen that I am in the process of replacing with new, GFCI-protected outlets. These two outlets are on a circuit together, and they are the only loads on that ...
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GFCI combination switch and outlet to fully switched protected outlet

Before a single screw comes out of the wall, I need to be sure I understand this fully, and rather than type out everything, I made a diagram based on what I was able to dig up on forums. This is for ...
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GFCI receptacle works partially when switch is turned off; not at all when on

I had an electrician install an outdoor receptacle recently, and it's not working as expected. Before the receptacle was installed, the only thing I'm aware of that was on this circuit was a single ...
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Electric Smoker Trips GFCI

My outside outlet is tied to a GFCI receptacle. When I plug in my smoker, the GFCI TRIPS. What con I do to avoid this besides running an extension cord to another receptacle (inside the apartment)?
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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While replacing a GFCI I find it has 2 circuits running into it. New GFCI trips

House sale, inspector pointed out the GFCI at the front of my garage was failing his tester. Trip light was always on but it still fed power. Skip to the end if this is too wordy, but I wanted to ...
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GFCI is popping for no reason

This morning we woke up to the bathroom lights not working. Investigation reveals that the culprit is the GFCI that serves two bathrooms and the laundry room. It still pops in 10-15 seconds with no ...
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It it safe to have a 15 amp GFCI outlet on a 50 amp GFCI breaker?

My friend just got rid of her hot tub. The person that took it put an outlet where the tub was. He put in a 15 amp GFCI at the outlet but left the 50 amp GFCI breaker in the panel box. Is this ...
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GFCI receptacle

I just installed a GFCI outlet in my bathroom thats directly connected to the light fixture switch. when i turn power back on the light fixture isn't getting power and the outlet wont test. But The ...