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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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Why is GFCI tripping on refrigerator circuit?

My refrigerator is tripping the GFCI on the socket into which it is plugged. Searching about this topic seems to indicate that this is a reasonably common complaint. However, I can't find any ...
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How should I ground a GFCI to a metal box?

I've replaced some old GFCI receptacles in my kitchen, which live in metal electrical boxes. The old GFCIs did not have grounding conductors attached, but it seems that the boxes themselves are ...
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Is it possible for the black wire to be hot but to create reverse polarity in GFCI?

I've got a head-scratcher: Is it possible for a black wire to be hot, but to cause reverse polarity in a GFCI when it's connected to the brass screw? A no-contact voltage tester shows that the black ...
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How to Stop GFCI tripping when current drops too quickly?

I have my entire aquarium running off one GFCI. My lights are plugged into the top outlet and all of my pumps/etc are plugged into the other. If everything is running and I cut the switch (on the ...
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Why won't GFCIs indicator light show on plug?

My handyman installed 10 new Gfci's in a 1987 home. There has never been any in the home. They all work when you plug something in and do not trip- but the the indicator lights will not come on any ...
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Can a load on the line side ever trip a GFI?

Can a load on the line side of a GFI ever trip that GFI?
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Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
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What is causing the clothes washer GFCI to trip?

I have a clothes washer which came with a gfci adapter. The cord didn't quite reach the nearest outlet, so we had the washer plugged into a (grounded) 3-outlet interior extension cord, then to the ...
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Can an outdoor receptacle be supplied through a GFCI in a bathroom?

My parents just bought a house that is still under the original warranty. There is a standard GFCI outlet in one of the bathrooms with outlets in the other two bathrooms connected to the load side of ...
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Can you have a GFCI breaker protecting a GFCI receptacle?

We have electrical outlets in two bathrooms on the same GFCI breaker. I would like to put a GFCI outlet for the only outlet in the guest bathroom so it can be easily reset if tripped. Can this be ...
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Does it matter if my newly installed GFCI reads “open ground”?

I just replaced a few two-prong outlets with GFCI outlets so we can plug in things built this millennium. Two of them outlets read "correct" on my circuit tester, but one reads "open ground." None of ...
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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When replacing non-grounding type receptacles is a GFCI receptacle required, or can any GFCI device be used?

Under the NEC (it was 210(7)(d)(3), but appears to have moved around some), it is permissible to replace an ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI receptacle, then wire further ungrounded or non-grounded ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle protect other receptacles?

My contractor has wired one GFCI receptacle in the main bathroom on the same circuit as a normal receptacle in our en-suite bathroom (it is less than a foot from the sink). he says that since they are ...
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Can I use a 50 amp GFCI breaker on 15 amp circuit?

I am in the process of changing my hottub over to wood heat. I have eliminated all controls and am running the pump directly from the panel on a double 15 amp breaker (240 volts). I have my existing ...
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What is considered “over a tub or shower” for a bathroom fan?

I'm going to add a fan to my currently unvented bathroom. The fan installation instructions include the text "if this unit is to be installed over a tub or shower, it must be marked as appropriate ...
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How to wire GFCI outlet

The bathroom includes a GFCI outlet that will not reset. Research revealed that such outlets do seem to stop working sometimes. So I am attempting to replace the outlet. After pulling the faceplate ...
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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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Pool pump plug trips when GFCI outlet receives power

I have a GFCI outlet out by my pool. I have a timer switch inside that sends power to that outlet. My pool pump has a plug that is GFCI (I assume that is what a plug is called it has a test and reset ...
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GFCI with no loads attached and no downstream outlets trips with power restoration

I have recently (purchased 9/18/14) installed several GFCI outlets - Pass & Seymour Legrand - with LED indicating light. I installed three of these - all on separate and dedicated circuits. Upon ...
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How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
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GFCI Outlets Wired Inline 2011 NEC

(1) I live in an older home with the kitchen "updated" in the 1990's. None of the countertop outlets are GFCI protected. Can they be properly wired with a GFCI outlet at the beginning of the wiring ...
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Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...
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How do I wire a GFCI switch/outlet receptacle?

I'm replacing a switch with a switch/outlet (GFCI) in my bathroom. The switch will control the bathroom exhaust fan. Currently I only have two wires to work with (hot & neutral...no ground). ...
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How do I properly install GFCI outlets with existing 12/3 wire in parallel and on a switch?

I am trying to help my inlaws with a problem in their living room. Two of their outlets stopped working and I don't really know why. The outlets were wired to a switch in the hallway, which ...
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Is a weather resitant gfci required outside in a metal box with in use cover?

I have a pool that is just off my deck. The gfci i have went bad so i need a new one. It was a 15 amp gfci in a metal box attached to 1/2 in emt conduit with a metal box and a non in use cover. Thi is ...
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GFCI (panel) breaker trips on neutral connection

I have a circuit previously with a regular 15A breaker, powering some lights, a closet outlet, and two (tile) floor outlets. This latter is now going to power a large aquarium. Because these outlets ...
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Why do I have a green light on my GFCI but the outlet will not come on?

While cleaning, my niece sprayed my GFCI outlet causing it to go out. I attempted to reset it but came up with negative results. I purchased another one, hooked it together (green light came on ...
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GFCI circuit for hot tub tripping after move

Good day, We had a fully functional hot tub in our garage (don't ask). We moved it outside on to a patio of cement patio blocks. I tapped off the sub panel in the garage that the tube used to be ...
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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Why is my bathroom vent fan tripping the GFCI when being shut off?

I have a GFCI tripping when a vent fan is being shut off. I saw in KeithS's answer to a similar question that the blades rotating after shut off causes an imbalance, tripping the GFCI. In my case the ...
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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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Is my water heater connected to GFCI and is it affected after short circuit?

I am an absolute n00b when it comes to home electrical systems. Please do forgive me if this is a repeat question since I wouldn't know what to search for. I am in France and I have 230V supply at ...
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Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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GFCI circuit partially works

While making coffee using downstream outlet, it just stopped. My GFCI outlet works and it isn't disconnecting. The test button also works but downstream outlets don't. What would cause that? ...
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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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GFCI connection and trip

I have 1 GFCI in the bathroom On the 1st floor. The line side is sourced from the main board, and the load side has 3 standard duplexes in the 2 bathrooms on the 2nd floor. After moving in to test the ...
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Does big current draw make GFCI outlets go bad?

About 2 years ago during a kitchen update, I replaced a GFCI outlet with a new one, 20-amp (both pass through and the GFCI outlet itself). Branching downstream from it are two more outlets, one on the ...
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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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What could have caused my GFCI to trip, and what can I do about it?

About a week ago, a GFCI tripped. I noticed that because appliances in my kitchen stopped working. The short story is that something was put into an outlet that shouldn't have been. That's not the ...
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How can I repair a ground-fault?

I'm hooking up a new GFCI in a remodeled bathroom, replacing an older one. There are two outlets following on the circuit. The GFCI works fine, but as soon as I would plug a light into the next ...
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Can I put a switch in after a GFCI and still have proper protection?

I am about to install a fan in the shower stall. It is code to do so as long as the fan is GFCI protected. However, I don't want the switch that controls the fan to turn the receptacles on and off. ...
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None of the outlets in the kitchen are working

The other day I switched on the garbage disposal and now none of the outlets in the kitchen work. This circuit is GFCI protected from the panel but the GFCI breaker in the panel is not tripping. When ...
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GFIC requirements for a Kitchen multi-outlet strip

I was thinking of replacing my current kitchen counter receptacles with a Hard Wired Multi-Outlet strip that would run below my cabinets. My question is How would I provide GFCI protection? Can a ...
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Replacing outdoor outlet

How can I replace an outdoor outlet cover that has a stripped center screw? Do I need to replace the outlet as well? Do I need to replace the box that the outlet is housed in if it is coming out ...
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Why don't I have power at my GFCI outlet?

Sorry for what will likely be a long question! It all started with a bathroom light that would not turn on, even though the bulb was good. I decided to get my multimeter and see if the switch was ...
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Will chained GFCIs malfunction?

What I'm asking is if a GFCI wired onto the load of another GFCI will function? Will it cause the upstream one to malfunction. Will it cause the downstream one to malfunction? It is against code? ...
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Did I damage the breaker by incorrectly wiring a generator?

During a power outage I attached my generator incorrectly (I have never done this before - I just was not paying attention). Anyway, I crossed the ground at the box with the black. When I turned on ...
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Wiring GFCI receptacles using 4 wire 240 circuits [duplicate]

The house I am renovating was wired with 4 wire 240 circuits. Probably to save pulling extra wires or to save costs. I did a gut demo so all wiring is exposed. I ran one of the "old" 4 wire 240 ...
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How can I find the first receptacle in a circuit?

I know how to wire a GFCI receptacle and all the things to go with it in doing so. But what I do not know is the following. I understand the GFCI receptacle should be first in line to protect the ...