Two GFCI outlets were just replaced in kitchen. Green light is on but no power to the GFCI outlet or the downline outlets. There is power to the wires and the TEST / RESET buttons don't work. Any ideas? Thank you.

I stayed with the same model, Leviton. I only changed the color. Downline outlets as well.

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    Are you sure you have incoming (from the panel) power on the "Line" side and outgoing (downline outlets) on the "Load" side? Not all brands/models will necessarily have the terminals for Line vs. Load in the same place. Apr 11, 2019 at 22:49
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    What make/model are the new GFCIs? This sounds like a classic Line vs Load swap situation ... Apr 11, 2019 at 23:21
  • Disconnect the wires from the Load terminals and see if that changes anything. Apr 12, 2019 at 0:51

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First, don't remove the "For Wizards Only - Do Not Use" warning tape from the LOAD terminals unless the old GFCI actually has things on its LOAD terminals. Sometimes a GFCI has 4 wires, but they all go to LINE. If so, do that!

Then, follow a 2-step process for hooking up any GFCI.

Step one

Identify which screws on the new GFCI are the LINE screws. Usually this can be done simply by not removing the warning tape yet.

There should be a pair of wires from the same cable (usually black and white) which were on the old GFCI's LINE terminals.

Attach those "candidate" wires to the LINE screws. Now, protect the other wires so they won't zap anything. Plug something into the new GFCI. Then, go turn on the power, and test the appliance plugged into the new GFCI. Make sure all that works great.

You can also hit "Test" and "Reset" if you can find a way to do that without touching the stuff and getting zapped.

If the GFCI is not working in all respects, STOP. Do not proceed to step 2. You probably got the wrong set of wires, so turn off the power again and rearrange as needed.

Now, if the old one had any other wires on LINE, turn off power and hook them up. This should not cause problems but checkpoint this anyway.

Step 2

Note the wiring on the LOAD terminals of the old GFCI. If there is any, tear off the warning tape and attach it to the new GFCI's LOAD terminals.

You know that the work done on the LINE terminals is solid, so do not mess with that if you're having a problem here. The problem must be something you just did.

  • I had the power "black" wire going to the load screw and not the line screw. Switched them and now all outlets work properly.
    – bradley
    Apr 13, 2019 at 14:18

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