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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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Why don't we just use combination AFCI/GFCI breakers for every circuit in a home?

With pretty much every circuit in a home needing one of the two types of protection (AFCI or GFCI), why don't all new homes have combination breakers installed just to be safe? Would it hurt anything ...
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Is adding a GFCI outlet ahead of inverter as good as having one on the inverter?

I am shopping for a 48v DC to AC inverter. Ideally, I'd like the plugs on the inverter to be GFCI protected, but not all inverters have this feature. This inverter is on a boat, mounted in a ...
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pigtailed aluminum replacing regular receptacle to GFI

Need to replace a receptacle closest to panel that has a light and another receptacle inline. All are aluminum. They have alumiconns on them (purple) pigtailed. Need to replace sink receptacle with ...
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Entire circuit dead after GFCI outlet

We had a storm, and a GFCI outlet breaker flipped (orange light on). I reset it by pushing the button, and the outlet started working again. But everything else on the circuit remains dead. Can a ...
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Will GFCI breakers protect my outlets?

I'm about to move into an older home at the end of the month. Upon inspection, the inspector found that the outlets aren't grounded. I've been doing a lot of reading on how to fix the situation. I ...
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GFI kitchen plug blew up

I was running my vacuum cleaner and suddenly the kitchen GFI plug it was plugged into popped with some black smoke, a burning electrical smell and blackened the plug itself. Did my vacuum cleaner ...
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Two electrical questions: Tripping GFCI, and unlocatable GFCI

Question 1: We had a pool installed. It has been out of service. I am trying to get it back up and running. It was installed after the house was built. There are separate breakers added by the ...
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Fridge started intermittently tripping GFCI after fan motor replacement

Our fridge showed symptoms of evaporator fan motor dying. The bottom of the fridge was cold but the air was not circulating in the freezer and fridge. Then the water dispenser stopped working. I was ...
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GFCI Won't rest. shows no LED Light but has power

I have a GFCI outlet in the kitchen that shows no LED color status, cannot reset but still has power and downstream. Also, I notice that when I plug my coffee maker on the upstream outlet between ...
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GFCI Outlet in Bathroom, Lights not working

I completely lost power only in bathroom, so I reset the GFCI and then I turned on the light switch. As soon as I flipped the light switch up the lights flashed on then off and the GFCI outlet made a ...
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Two hot wires feeding a gfci installed ten years ago just started popping? Replaced gfi figured out a bigger issue

I have two hot wires both supplying power to a single Gfci located in a bathroom. It is only two white two black and two neutral. Only after investigating through a shock did I learn that it was ...
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Is a weather resistant gfci required outside in a metal box with in use cover?

I have a pool that is just off my deck. The gfci I have went bad so I need a new one. It was a 15 amp gfci in a metal box attached to 1/2 in emt conduit with a metal box and a non in-use cover. This ...
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Circuit breaker won't turn back on after being turned off (not tripped)

I turned off all the breakers of my home to work on my electric. When it was time to turn the circuit breakers back on, 3 of them wouldn't: the one for the dishwasher, the one for the dryer and one ...
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Possible rewiring for range-hood/under-cabinet lighting

We're in the process of renovating our kitchen, and my lady is really interested in under-cabinet lighting. The best place to keep the wires to the lighting hidden (as she does not want battery ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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Electrical help on amps and wiring

I recently moved my old refrigerator into my garage next to my freezer. As soon as I plug in my refrigerator the GFCI pops. I have a 15 amp GFCI and a 15 amp breaker. The refrigerator and freezer are ...
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Regular Outlet to GFCI Outlet with four wire connections and no ground

I am changing out another regular outlet to a GFCI outlet and the existing outlet had the four wire connection using all the terminals. It is an older condo and there are no grounds. So I thought I ...
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Changing a Regular Outlet with Two Neutrals and One Hot to a GFCI Outlet (no ground existing)

So I bought a GFCI outlet to changeout a regular outlet and when I pulled the regular, it had white wires/neutrals on both left side screw connections and one black on the top right connection. I do ...
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Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when I connect the load wires?

I was trying to install a GFCI outlet and when I install it with the five wire setup with the line on top and load on bottom, the outlet continually trips. I made sure which wire was the hot-line and ...
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Added Outlet to a GFI Receptacle covered circuit

In my garage I have a single 15 Amp circuit that has 4 receptacles on it. One of the receptacles has a refrigerator and an upright small freezer on it, all are non-self defrosting type. Nothing else ...
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How to wire gfci-switch-gfci

I want to wire a new exterior front of house gfci WR outlet, from an existing garage gfci. I would like this new exterior outlet to be on a switch, so I'm thinking the wiring will be Source -> ...
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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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Why is part of my GFCI circuit dead after a short-circuit?

I was charging my electric golf cart off the GFCI on the side of the house. It tripped and would not reset. I found out I had a bad cord that was shorting it self out. This is were the puzzle begins. ...
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GFCI tripping frequently

Can a refrigerator be connected to one of the load receptacles from a GFCI. Of late, GFCI is tripping very frequently. What is the solution for this. Would replacing the GFCI with a new one resolve ...
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Maytag MLG2000AWW sporadically trips the GFCI when setting the dryer timer.

When rotating the dryer timer knob, the GFCI outlet trips. It usually happens when the pointer is near the Presscare area of the knob. It will never trip ar any other time. I checked the GFCI with a ...
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Why does my GFCI outlet trip when a vacuum is plugged in downstream?

Whenever I plug my vacuum into the downstream outlet the GFCI trips. I suspect the GFCI is at least 15 years old and the vacuum
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Why would the neutral wire in my bathroom's outlet box have voltage?

So, my wife was using the hair dryer in the bathroom, connected to the GFCI plug when the power to the bathroom plug goes out. I toggled the circuit breaker on/off, still not power. Suspecting the ...
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In a double gang box with 3 wires & ground

Red and black are hot. White is not. I have been trying to wire a GFCI & an outlet/switch combo. Tried numerous configurations and just bought a new GFCI because i suspected it. Nothing has ...
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Do newer GFCI receptacles still trip due to inductive load from motors?

I am rewiring a kitchen and faced with a dilemma of having the garbage disposal on a GFCI circuit. Will it trip when turned off like the older GFCI's?
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220V GFCI circuit breaker neutral

I have a 220V 15 amp body dryer with 2 prongs on the plug (European). Manufacturer instructions indicate to connect 2 hots and 1 ground to the receptacle. Since this is in a bathroom, I have installed ...
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Can you have a GFCI breaker protecting a GFCI receptacle?

We have electrical outlets in two bathrooms on the same GFCI breaker. I would like to put a GFCI outlet for the only outlet in the guest bathroom so it can be easily reset if tripped. Can this be ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Connecting a 4 wire 240+120 volt hot tub to a 3 wire 240 volt circuit

I am hooking up a hot tub, which is 4 wire 240+120 volt, using an old ac line which is 3 wire 240 volt and adding a GFCI breaker as required by the state. How do I wire that together?
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When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet

This question comes from Shirlock's comment on this GFCI wiring question. When and why should you use the holes on the back of an outlet rather than the side terminals? I always assumed the holes on ...
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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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Should all my home's GFCI outlets be connected to a GFCI breaker?

My house has all of the GFCI outlets (approx 7 outlets/ 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and shed) running to a single GFCI breaker. Is this a proper setup for GFCI? I'm looking for a solution to keep the ...
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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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Can I use a 50 amp GFCI breaker on 15 amp circuit?

I am in the process of changing my hottub over to wood heat. I have eliminated all controls and am running the pump directly from the panel on a double 15 amp breaker (240 volts). I have my existing ...
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How to install GFCI combo switch and outlet using Romex and only 2 wires

I had a combo GFCI outlet and switch that went bad in my bathroom. The outlet worked even if the light wasn’t on. I bought a new GFCI combo switch and outlet. I had several electricians come to ...
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Can I use a USA GFCI Intex Pool pump in New Zealand

I have imported an Intex salt system for use on a locally purchased intex pool. when I received it , the plug is a GFCI plug with a test and reset button on it. the pump is a 230w pump. I purchased a ...
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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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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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New GFCI outlet; green light is on but no power

I installed a new GFCI outlet with an one that was working. I wired it exactly as the older one and it isnt working. The green light is on but no power? I reversed the wires and no light. I replaced ...
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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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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 ...