I need to replace a gfci plug that won't reset. That is with nothing plugged into it. It has a regular duplex about 8 feet away that won't work because the gfci is bad. I had this circuit added about 7 yrs ago to plug in my freezer and other items on a temp basis, like an extension cord or drill and so on. Can I just replace the gfci plug with a duplex and just make both regular plugs. If so , do I just put reg. plug in or do I need to wire it different.
It would help to know where this outlet is located (garage, basement, kitchen, etc.). Certain locations in the home now require circuits to be GFCI protected.
The fact the the current GFCI will not reset concerns me. It could simply be that the current outlet is worn out and replacing it with another GFCI will fix the problem. It could also be another underlying issue such as a ground current leak. This could potentially turn into a larger problem. Stray ground current leaks can come from a variety of sources.
First, does the outlet not reset at all, or does it not reset when something is plugged in? If it doesn't reset with something plugged in, that implies there is something wrong with the device that is plugged in. If it doesn't reset at all, that implies something is either wrong with the GFCI outlet or the circuit.
The circuit could have a stary ground leak from a variety of sources. Wire insulation could have been melted, burned, eaten by rodents, or a number of other way to remove it causing a leak to ground. If it truly is a leak to ground, this should be investigated and fixed. Not only is it wasting money by sending electricity to ground, but it could also become a fire hazard if the issue became large enough.