I have a GFCI outlet in my garage that keeps shutting off. I have unplugged all utilities from it and it still trips off. I replaced it with another GFCI outlet. When I hooked up that new outlet it has a green light on it indicating that it is hooked up but the outlet and the circuit it is on no longer has power. I put the old one back on and it worked for a couple of months then as I added Christmas lights to the circuit it started tripping off again. I again took off all the lights and appliances to it and it still trips off. Any suggestions on how to correct this issue?

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GFCI outlets break. They don't last very long. I recommend replace it with a regular outlet and put a GFCI breaker in the panel. They are way more user friendly and cheaper.

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    A GFCI outlet usually costs $35 - $50 - an GFCI outlet about $13. Not cheaper in my math class - unless you have to replace two outlets for the life of a typical GFCI breaker. A circuit which was not set up for GFCI may have outlets and fixtures which you will not want on a GFCI circuit - motors etc. Commented Dec 19, 2014 at 9:51

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