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Questions tagged [gfci]

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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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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GFCI breaker is tripping when it rains on completely internal circuit

I have a three story house. The first floor is an apartment that is completely covered by the second floor. It has it's own panel which is inside the apartment and mostly uses GFCI breakers. There ...
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Two GFCI outlets were just replaced and have power but don't work

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 ...
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Adding 2 X GFCIs to protect Switched and Unswitched Hot sharing same Neutral and Ground

I currently have a switched and un-switched hot running underground in conduit sharing the same neutral and ground. Its important to note that they are both on the same circuit. Basically I have 4 ...
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Regarding GFCI outlets

When a GFCI outlet trips, does it open both the hot and the neutral, or only the hot? An outlet beyond the GFCI outlet has an open neutral and I wonder if that is normal when a GFCI trips?
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Old house, no ground wire, hoping for protection of new computer?

So, I live in an older house. My current computer has happily plugged into a surge protector, which in turn plugged into a 3 prong adapter into the two pronged outlet for 8+ years. The surge ...
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Gfci not working

So my GFCI recently stopped working. I bought an outlet tester and fixed some outlets that were incorrectly wired. My old GFCI had power but wouldn't reset and test button couldn't be pressed. When I ...
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Do I need to install GFCI outlets at each location for switched garage lights?

I am wiring up multiple switched outlets in garage ceiling for the garage lights and i am assuming they all need to be GFCI protected. So my question is must I install GFCI outlets after the switch ...
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GFCI outlets - can they be repaired? Are they really needed at the end of a circuit?

My house just went through a flood and there was 7 feet of muddy water on the first floor, so all the AC outlets were underwater. After the water receded, all the unprotected outlets continued to ...
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GFCI breaker problems in trailer

I have a food trailer i’m Building, and am now at the testing and set up stage, and am having problems with my panels. I have a 20kw generator built in, feeding a main panel on one side, and a sub-...
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Converting Tandem circuit with shared neutral to GFCI

My exterior outlet/garage outlets are part of a 15a tandem switch currently that's not GFCI. Looks like this: One of the hots runs the string of outlets I want to protect, then there's a hot from the ...
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Can I move a GFCI outlet from the end of a circuit to the middle to protect another oulet?

I have a single, feed cable that comes up behind my counter into a single gang box. This box has an unprotected outlet. This cable is then teed off to the left and right. The left cable feeds a GFCI ...
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Is it better to use a AFCI/ GFCI breaker in the panel or do to use a AFCI/ GFCI receptacle? [closed]

To protect a bathroom outlet, should I put an AFCI/GFCI breaker in the breaker box or do I put in an AFCI/GFCI receptacle? Can a AFCI/GFCI receptacle be divided into 2 circuits with a 20A breaker ...
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Why is my outdoor GFCI outlet failing so often?

What is the life expectancy of a GFCI receptacle with an in-service cover? The receptacle has been replaced yearly for the past several years. The factory cord to the pump for my continuous operation ...
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Are an outlet and a light bulb at the main electrical panel required?

I've heard that the main electrical panel needs a GFCI outlet right next to it, and it also needs a switch to an overhead light. But I can't find anything on the net to confirm.
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GFCI Reads Open Hot - Won't reset

I have an outlet in my bathroom that quit working. Tester reads "open hot". Outlet is at the end of a run and everything else seems to be working properly. Tried replacing the GFCI, but still have ...
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GFCI outlet consistently trips in garage

Half of my garage does not work due to the GFCI constantly tripping. Could this be due to cement moving due to freezing weather? The cold weather has moved the ground about 2 inches and I believe the ...
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What does a receptacle tester reading of “Correct” really mean?

I'm a new homeowner with plenty of theoretical background in electrical engineering but until now, zero practical experience in home wiring. I recently replaced a few 2-prong outlets with 3-prong ...
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Refrigerator Water Dispenser Tripping GFCI

The refrigerator is on a dedicated circuit / socket --- not a GFCI. However, in the last week, when using the water dispenser on the fridge, the GFCI has tripped simultaneously. There are no ...
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Bathroom Ceiling Outlet installation from Attic

I would like to install another outlet in my bathroom so I can hookup a smart speaker. I think the easiest way to do this would be from the attic such that I could place a ceiling outlet from an easy ...
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Is a GFCI allowed to be below a washer water connection?

We just redid bathroom/ laundry and noticed that washer 3prong and gfci were beside but below washer shutoff and drain. Isn't it dangerous to be so close to a water source and why didn't contractors ...
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2 circuits in single Box for kitchen receptacle how to properly wire

I have an issue with 2 independent circuits in a single box. Is it possible to put a Gfci switch at this location one circuit is connected to my basement bathroom via the kitchen circuit the other ...
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Replacing 2 split receptacles with 2 GFCIs

I have a similar situation to How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? in my kitchen. The solution looks good and I'm ready to go ahead, but with one reservation... ...
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Bathroom GFCI trips when I plug into different outlet on separate breaker, but in same bathroom

My GFCI in my bathroom trips when I plug anything into another standard outlet across the room. They are on separate breakers. If I turn off the breaker that powers the GFCI, the other outlet works ...
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Do AFCI/GFCI receptacles protect downstream circuits without equipment bonding conductor?

I am renovating part of my house, and taking the time to update some old wiring that is now exposed. The old wiring is primarily #14/2c WITH NO BARE BONDING CONDUCTOR. This means that no device ...
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30 amp GFCI neutral

I recently swapped out a 40 amp breaker (previously for an oven/range) to a 30 amp GFCI, on the other end will be a L6-30 receptacle (2 hots, 1 ground). My question is what to do with the neutral wire ...
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Replacing GFCI and found two hot wires

I was testing the GFCI in my garage and the "test" button would not work. The receptacle had power but pushing the test button would not cut power. I turned off the breaker and took the receptacle ...
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Can I run a 120v/15amp 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to the existing GFCI within the same bathroom

Can I run a 120volt 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to an existing GFCI with-in the same bathroom ?
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Can I run a receptacle from a GFCI in the bathroom to another room?

Can I run a receptacle from a gfci in the bathroom to another room? Is this allowed? I know it would work, just looking to see if this falls under the electrical code?
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Safe to combine GFCI switch with non-GFCI switch?

I have two switches by the front door. One controls the exterior door light. The other controls a light on a pole by the driveway. I want to replace the two switches with a single timer switch that ...
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Does a non grounded GFCI meet code?

Background So I live in Michigan (which of course affects code) and I have a bunch of two prong outlets in a house that I own. If I want to convert these to be 3 prong outlets is it still up to code ...
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GFCI plug tripping from a refrigerator that is plugged in last on the line

I finished my basement that was roughed in 10 years ago and found out that my refrigerator plug is on the end of the GFCi line of plugs. There is only one GFCi plug nearest to the box that feeds the ...
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RCCB tripping while checking the current between neutral and ground

Normally, when the panel is working, it means Residual Current Circuit Breaker (a type of GFCI) can be in the on stage, but while checking the current between neutral and ground the RCCB is getting ...
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Will Kitchen Backsplash Update Trigger 2ft/4ft Rules of Receptacles above Countertop?

I am planning to replace the backsplash in the kitchen at my home. NEC 210.52 requires that every spot on the countertop should not be distanced more than 2ft from a receptacle. the current condition ...
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GFCI Breaker Serving GFCI Receptacles Tripping in Extreme Fog and Cold

Lately, I have had an issue where sometime during the night the main GFCI breaker would trip. The only thing different on the nights that this happened was that one of the nights was (1) extremely ...
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Exhaust Fan tripping GFCI

Our shower exhaust fan is tripping the GFCI when turned on. When I disconnect the FAN (there is a molex plug in the fan) the GFCI does not trip when the switch is turned on or off. Looking for ...
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GFCI breaker trips only when weather is very cold

I have a microwave that works great except when the temperature outside is something like 15 degrees F or cooler outside. When this is the case, it more or less reliably trips the GFCI breaker in my ...
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The GFCI outlet in my bathroom pops when I turn off the bathroom fan

I didn't do the wiring in this house, this has been happening since I moved in. Basically, about 50% of the time that I turn off the bathroom fan, the GFCI outlet pops and needs to be reset. Once ...
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Installation of a recess can over the shower does it need to be GFCI protected?

When installing a recess can over the shower does it need to be placed on a (gfci) ground fault circuit interrupter circuit?
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Can I replace a standard outlet that's protected with an upstream GFCI to prevent nuisance trips?

I have a GFI outlet in one bathroom controlling a non-GFI outlet in another bathroom. Can I replace the non-GFI with a GFI and will that stop the non-GFI from shutting down or do I need to have and ...
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Why install a hidden GFCI outlet controlling sink outlets, ceiling lights, vent fan, and floor heater?

In a recently remodeled bathroom, a electrician installed a GFCI outlet in a linen closet which controls two outlets near the sink, a floor heater, the ceiling lights, and the vent fan. Only the sink ...
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Two GFCIs in series, which would trip?

If you have two GFCIs connected in series, which would trip first or both?
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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Can I add USB outlets to bath/hall lighting circuit box (not GFCI)?

My bathroom, inside near door, has a 2-gang box, containing 2 light switches, powering combination ceiling light and fan. This box is fed by hallway lighting circuit, and the work box is not covered ...
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Do I need to use an outdoor or wet electrical box for garage sink area?

I'm installing some metal surface-mounted boxes for receptacles in my garage utility sink area, with emt between them. I will use a GFCI receptacle, but do I need to use water-tight conduit and boxes ...
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Can load wire have power?

I’m replacing a GFCI in my kitchen. I pulled out the old one without labeling the line and load wires. I flipped the appropriate breaker (I think) but still have power to one of the hot wires. Could I ...
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GFCI Protection for Garage Lights?

I know all receptacles in a garage require GFCI protection. But what about garage lights? I plan to hard-wire some new wiring to new garage lights and I'm wondering if this circuit needs to be on a ...
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GCFI flashes red once when turned on

I understand what a solid red or blinking red light means, but there's no documentation for it flashing once and turning off. I have it attached to a light switch, and each time I cycle the power off ...
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Bathroom Switch (Light/Fan) 3 Black Wires? GFCI?

I'm replacing my bathroom switches (2) with a timer (for the fan) and a motion sensing switch (for the light) (lutron brand, not sure if that matters) and I ran into a very weird configuration: So ...
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GFCI burned out during low transformer outage

About a year ago, we had a large low transformer fire on our block in Brooklyn, NY. That's according to ConEd response team. Before and during the fire which lasted few hours, voltage has been ...