I have a couple recently installed (By a professional licensed electrician) GFCI outlets outside a barn, both on their own circuit.
Both have water trough heaters plugged into them - 1500 watts each.
These have been running for about 2 months now without any problems until last night; we got a hard freeze (around 10°F) and everything had frost on it this morning (if that makes any difference) and now one of the GFCI outlets isn't working.
I looked at the circuit breaker and the circuit the outlet is on was tripped, so I reset the breaker and the outlet still won't come on.
I've tried unsuccessfully to push the reset button as well as the test button, but neither click (I believe the test button should click when it's pushed far enough and it shuts the circuit off).
So at this point, I'm wondering what could be the issue and what are the possible issues and the best ways to track down the problem.
- Could the circuit breaker be dead? If so, is there a way for me to test it?
- Could the GFCI outlet be dead? Or maybe there's some frost frozen in there that I might have to thaw out to see if that does the trick?