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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter(GFCI). Sometimes known as a GFI, or a residual-current device (RCD or RCCB). Can refer to receptacles as well as circuit breakers. They detect a leak in current, or an imbalance between the current on the hot and neutral wires. This is used to prevent electrical shock. Use with the [electrical] tag

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Trying to see if I have bad GFCIs in my house

One day I replaced a three prong outlet for my dryer and made it a four prong outlet. It worked fine for about a day and the next day the power to one side of my house went out and the GFCIs in my ...
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Is it a problem to have a washing machine plugged into a GFCI outlet?

I have heard conflicting information about the proper receptacle type for clothes washing machines. Appliance repairmen have told me not to plug in to GFCIs, while electric code mandates that ...
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Can I leave standard outlets in kitchen if they’re connected to GFCI outlet?

So basically all outlets in our house that should be GFCI are currently standard outlets (at least 2 in kitchen, 1 in garage, maybe others in bathroom but not sure). However, they are all wired to a ...
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Breaker trips with daisy chained gfci’s

Let me preface this with I didn’t install this system so I’m having to figure it out as I go. I have an outdoor camera setup with direct burial wire. I have one circuit that keeps tripping at the ...
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Bathroom circuit separation

I want to run a 20 amp circuit to the upstairs and downstairs bathroom outlets. House built in 1986 has a 15 amp circuit to these outlets, one of which is GFCI, that also feed some lights. During my ...
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Protecting kitchen outlets with GFI outlets

I have an issue similar to others wanting to add GFI to upgrade their kitchen outlets having multiple daisy-chained outlets with three wire service (220V with a neutral). I have a split phase wiring ...
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GFCI breaker trips with no load

I have one circuit dedicated to outside deck outlets, and a shed in the back of the property. I use a GFCI breaker for this circuit. The wire connected to the breaker in the panel runs to a junction ...
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

I need to install a new electrical outlet in the bathroom, that would connect to the vanity as well as a new bidet in the future. I have two sources for this: Vanity light fixture, that's connected ...
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How to tell if a switch is on a GFCI branch circuit

I am looking to install this light/exhaust fan combo over a shower and see that it's approved for such use "with a GFCI branch circuit." It is on the same circuit as a GFCI receptacle, so ...
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Gfci Breaker with two circuits?

I’ve got a 30 amp breaker currently connected to my outside A/C condenser and I’m planning on adding a steam shower to the basement bathroom that requires a 20amp gfci breaker. There is a conjunction ...
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Installing gfci on chained 2-prong receptacles in a room

I have 4 2-prong receptacles in my room and I want to get them converted to 3 prong so that I don't have to use any adaptor for my devices. I opened them and saw that there is no ground wire in these(...
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Hot Ground Reversed when Upstream GFCI Trips

Remodeling a kitchen and ran into an piece of romex coming out of a wall like an "extension cord" and came for advice on a previous post. I moved the "extension cord" to the line ...
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GFCI keeps randomly tripping/ exposed wiring in breaker box [duplicate]

I've been having multiple random trips at my GFCI outlet in my food trailer. I have cleaned the outlet and made sure no moisture/ dust was present. I also rechecked the wiring on this outlet and it's ...
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Are there kits to add plug on neutral bars to existing breaker boxes?

I have an existing square D non-plug on neutral breaker box (believe it's a SO, about 20 years old). My questions is if there is a install kit to either add the neutral plug in rail or replace the ...
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Why are wires connected only to the line side of one GFCI outlet?

I am replacing two 25-year-old (original) GFCI outlets in my kitchen with these: I am confused as to why they are wired differently (one has both sets of leads in to/out of same contact screws, the ...
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Why do I get power from line through load's neutral?

I replaced a GFCI outlet. The old one was good, but I wanted one with USB sockets. After removing the old outlet, I double checked the wiring. One black wire was hot and the other was not. So ...
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GFC indicator light is white but no power and won't reset

My old GFCI would not reset, so I replaced it with a Leviton GFCI. Wired it exactly the same way as the old one, indicator light is white which according to the instructions means it's wired correctly,...
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3 way light switches with gfci

I am wiring my detached garage lights, I want to make the connections at the ceiling with plugin outlets to plug lights into. I am installing 3 way switches. If I install a dead front gfci (or gfci ...
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Are there refrigerators on the market that will happily live on a GFCI circuit? NEC 2023 code issue

Home Depot informed me that 2023 Electrical code now requires all duplexes in the kitchen to be GFCI protected. (https://www.homedepot.com/c/ab/nec-2023-code-changes/9ba683603be9fa5395fab901e21904c9) ...
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Why does a GFCI test button work during a power outage?

I have a GFCI receptacle (commonly found in North America) in my home. Recently I switched the power to the outlet off using the circuit breaker, then pressed the "Test" button on the outlet....
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Can I add a switch to a multi-outlet GFCI circuit to effectively segregate some outlets?

I have 8 outlets on a single 20A GFCI circuit. 5 outlets in the garage and 3 outlets outside to the patio. First outlet from the box is 20A GFCI. 2nd outlet in the series branches to power the 3 on ...
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AFCI/GFCI at panel from bathroom that doesn't have a GFCI

Our bathroom outlet is not a GFCI. There is an AFCI/GFCI at the panel which trips way too much. I want to replace the regular outlet with a GFCI outlet and put a regular circuit breaker instead of ...
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Oddly wired GFCI plug in my house - is this correct?

We have GFCI plugs in our kitchen and the other day we blew a breaker when we had an electric kettle and an air fryer going at the same time on the same circuit. I reset the breaker but the two ...
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GFCI outlet and roof leak

The GFCI outlet in one of the bathrooms tripped and is now blinking red. It says it’s now a bad outlet. I’ve flipped the breaker to off for safety but my concern is that this is from a leaky roof I ...
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Why doesn't a replacement GFCI outlet provide power? [closed]

I have a GF outlet that had no output. It did work previously. The power load coming in is 124v. I replaced it with a new GF outlet and it won't reset. There is only one outlet in line. There is no ...
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Why does my GFCI/AFCI breaker trip with pigtail wire connected?

My Eaton dual function 20A breaker provides power to the gas stove outlet. It trips frequently, every 1.5 hours, after resetting and even if nothing is loaded. I bought and installed a new one. I ...
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How do I reset a GFCI outlet when the buttons don't respond?

Our electric pole attached to our house was destroyed and now the pole is fixed and I have electricity in most of my house. Unfortunately, this 1 outlet has both the red and black reset buttons pushed ...
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Two GFCI Breakers Sharing the Same Neutral

I added a GFI outlet to a dock panel that is wired for my boat lift. The boat lift motors are wired with a GFCI outlet located in a sub panel that is on the back of my house. 2 hot wires (for 220v) ...
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How to replace outlet and switch combo with GFCI and dimmer where two white wires were going into outlet?

I have an outlet and light switch combo box in a bathroom that I’d like to upgrade to a dimmer switch and a GFCI outlet. The dimmer switch replacement works fine, but there are two white cables and ...
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What to do with ground wire downstream from ungrounded GFCI?

I am replacing an ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI receptacle, and I will be adding two new receptacles downstream from the GFCI receptacle. In another post, someone had quoted from one of the code ...
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Outlet and lights not working

Wanted to post this here to see if I could get any tips or things I’ve missed I have a Lennar built home in 2019. A few days ago my wife was using a hair dryer in mater bedroom and all of a sudden ...
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Why can't I find a 50A GE circuit breaker with GFCI?

I trying to run a 50A circuit to an outbuilding (sauna) from an existing outbuilding (detached garage). I know there are multiple approaches, but my current plan is to add a 50A GFCI breaker to the ...
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GFCI Installed right, but no power when load is plugged in [closed]

As stated in the title, the GFCI works when it's just the line hooked up. However when I hook up the load wires, the outlet won't reset and nothing downstream works. Nothing I google helps me.
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Would it be wise to replace all non-AFCI 15 and 20 amp breakers with AFCI? [duplicate]

I have a panel with AFCI in most of the 15/20amp services to receptacles. My question involves places like kitchens and bathrooms. While they appear to have GFCI protection from the first receptacle ...
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GFCI test failure

I have a solar off grid small house with 8 circuits. Two are 20 amp GFCI breakers installed in the panel. Six have GFCI receptacles in the first outlet from the panel. When a Sperry GFI6302 tester ...
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Washing machine randomly trips GFCI

I have a new Samsung washer, sometime when washing the GFCI will trip, but only occasionally and not at any set point in the wash cycle. The GFCI is the only device on the circuit and is wired ...
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Is it ok to put condensate drain pump with fridge and no AFCI/GFCI?

In my current (pre-existing setup) the fridge is on a dedicated 20A circuit. But while it runs through the basement it has a dedicated outlet that is used by the condensate drain pump for the water ...
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GFCI has no power

Three years ago, I installed two GFCI outlets under an outdoor shade, but this morning, when I was using an air fryer with one of them, the power went out. I went to the main electrical panel and it ...
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How to do Christmas lights in the rainy PNW?

I have an outdoor outlet in a covered patio ceiling that is labeled in my breaker box (in the garage) as a dedicated 20A XMAS lights circuit. The GFCI trips non-stop on rainy days, sometimes after a ...
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Replaces switches and outlets. None of the outlets are working

We replaced out our old outlets and switches in our kitchen. All of the switches work, and none of the outlets will work. The ones we didn’t touch all work!
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GFCI Failures when not powered during cold weather

Does anyone know if GFCI failures are common when they are not powered during cold temperatures? We have an outdoor GFCI outlet in a yard in front of our house. The outlet is controlled by a switch in ...
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GFCI breaker pops only when a specific other breaker is enabled?

My mother had a NEMA 14-50R outlet installed outside her house so I'd have a place to charge my EV. The outlet connects to her breaker panel via a 50 amp 2-pole GFCI breaker. Unfortunately, the ...
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Under sink GFCI outlet wiring - hard-wired dishwasher and switched plug-in disposer_UPDATED

Hard core DIY'er here, but not as savvy with complex home electrical yet. I'm pretty good with most electrical, but before I burn the house down, need someone more qualified to look over my diagram ...
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New GFCI Tamper Resistant Outlet not working

Purchased a new Leviton Tamper-Resistant GFCI Outlet. Installed it and the green light comes on, but when I plug something into it, it doesn't come on. Tried something else that I know works and ...
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GFCI on an induction range?

Based on my reading, NEC2023 says that if a stove is within 6 feet of the edge of a kitchen sink then the stove needs to be GFCI protected. Modern induction ranges pull 50 amps and (usually) need ...
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GFCI outlet or centralized differential circuit breakers

Looking at the North American electrical regulations, I come across the concept of GFCI protection in electrical outlets. In contrast, in the IEC regulations, differential protection is comprehensive ...
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Can I wire a MWBC with GFCI's using separate neutral wires on the load terminals?

I want to wire the circuit shown in the attached image in my garage. I want to have two circuits, and they need to be GFCI protected due to being in the garage. I've read through a number of posts ...
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Sparks when wiring a plug

I turned off the breakers to The garage but I guess I still had power to the bad gfci that I was replacing. At the end of the install the ground wire touched the hot wire and sparked. The breaker did ...
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Electrical gfci breaker

I installed a gfci breaker with black-red-white wires with no ground and it trips. Found the problem and the neutral is supplying two circuits in the same cable. Is my only remedy to run neutral for ...
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20 amp Circuit breaker GFCI and CAFCI

I'm confused on usage of these 2 breakers on a 20 amp circuit for outlets. All outlets are inside of house except kitchen and bathroom but few are located in a crawlspace also. Which one would be more ...
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