I read a previous question regarding a GFCI outlet and a washing machine, but my issue is slightly different.

I have 2 GFCI outlets in a washroom in the downstairs of my home. One is obviously feeding power to the other, as well as an additional standard outlet (directly) above the washroom in my daughter's nursery.

I first noticed the problem, when I plugged a baby monitor camera in the upstairs standard outlet. The moment I plugged anything in to that outlet, the GFCI downstairs would trip.

This was the first time that GFCI had tripped since I bought the home 5 years ago. I changed the upstairs outlet, and it worked just fine, when I would plug something in.

"Daddy fixed it! He's obviously a master electrician!!"

Not so much.

Now, when we would run the washing machine prior to this whole charade, there was never any issue. I changed the upstairs outlet, and now (not every time, or at any particular point of a wash cycle) when we use the washing machine, it trips the GFCI outlet (the main, obviously).

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    Have you replaced the GFCI receptacle itself? If it keeps tripping I would start there. It's most likely your receptacle, or the washing machine is leaking too much current to ground. It's much easier to start with replacing a receptacle than a washing machine
    – mjohns
    Jun 24, 2015 at 13:55
  • Yes, I replaced the gfi receptacle as well. The main one, anyway, not the second one on the load side. Thebload side gfi is the only component out of the 3 that has not been replaced. I also plugged the washer into THAT gfi receptacle, to see if possibly that would make a difference, but it still tripped the main gfi.
    – Mike d
    Jun 24, 2015 at 15:28
  • I JUST finished a load of clothes that tripped 3 times during the process. But there are times when we go a week without it tripping. We have a 7 month old, so we basically do at least one load a day..
    – Mike d
    Jun 24, 2015 at 15:30
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    Are you saying you have a GFCI receptacle on the load side of another GFCI?
    – Tester101
    Jun 24, 2015 at 18:28
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    What @Tester101 is getting at is that a GFCI protects everything that is served off the load terminals. All downstream receptacles are GFCI protected (and should be labeled as such--GFCI's usually come with little stickers in the box). There's just no point in wiring two GFCI receptacles in series, and there might be a possibility of nuisance trips with them wired up that way. It's different if you pigtail the wires and feed the GFCI's independently. Either way, don't label a downstream receptacle GFCI protected unless you've tested it to ensure that it really is wired up like you think. Jun 25, 2015 at 4:28


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