I have an electric bidet toilet seat that plugs into the GFCI outlet in my bathroom. After about 6 months it started tripping the GFCI instantly upon being plugged in. Does this mean the toilet seat has an electrical problem? If the toilet seat works on a non-GFCI outlet would it be safe to use one? I am afraid of electrified water being shot at my rectum. Would the normal ground wire be enough to prevent any danger?

  • Ground wire doesn't do much good here, that's why they put GFCIs in bathrooms. Aug 9, 2018 at 5:23
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    @FreeMan yes It turned out that there was a short in floating ring sensor that detects water level in the tank. I replaced the sensor and it was fixed.
    – Alex
    Aug 16, 2020 at 19:05

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It broke

My bet? The appliance is tripping the GFCI because the appliance has a ground fault. Shocking, I know, right? I'd have a qualified technician examine it for signs of what went wrong, or replace it outright if repair is not an option.

  • Is it safe to use in the mean time with a non-GFCI outlet?
    – Alex
    Aug 9, 2018 at 1:47
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    @Alex -- I would say "no" -- probably better to give up the luxury than risk a zap... Aug 9, 2018 at 1:49
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    I'd try to run a 3 prong extension cord from another gfci in the house to see if it trips as well. If it trips, then it's highly probable that it's the seat. If it doesn't trip, replace the outlet near the toilet. Aug 9, 2018 at 3:48
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    Whatever you do, do not plug the seat into a non GFCI receptacle. Aug 9, 2018 at 15:47

My smartbidet kept tripping kept tripping gfci. I took it apart and found two 47micro farad 250 bolt capacitors blown. After replacing the two capacitors it worked fine. You ca tell a blown capacitor by the top of the can, which is cross cut, is buldging up and is not flat.

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