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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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Tankless 240V water heater in detached garage tripping AFCI/GFCI breakers in house

We have two separate buildings, a house and a garage/workshop, about 20 feet apart, sharing the same electrical service. On the service entrance, there's a Siemens whole-house surge protector. The ...
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what could cause my gfci to randomly trip?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement, and am almost done with the electrical rough-in. The whole thing is open studs at this time, so any sort of reconfiguration is easily possible. I have a ...
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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Smoke Detector wiring - impacted by 2 breakers?

dig if you will the picture of one of my smoke detectors and the curious (for me) wiring. Actually, I've taken many pictures, but each is just a mess and I think will make it harder. We have ~7 ...
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What's wrong with my replacement GFCI outlet?

I'm trying to replace a GFCI outlet in my bathroom. (the old one trips almost every time you plug something in) When I connect the line wires from the panel to the line poles and the load wires to ...
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Can I wire both a 50 amp hot tub and 50 amp RV plug in the same box?

I have two projects in the works, installing a hot tub and building an RV pad. Both the RV and hot tub run on 50 amps and 220 volts. RV's plug-in but hot tubs are wired directly. Is there a single ...
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Gas stove trips GFCI outlet

Any ideas why a LP gas range would suddenly start tripping GFCI breaker when the oven turns on? Should i be looking for a short somewhere and if so, where?
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220 volt GFI triped by hot tub?

I have a hot tub connected to a 50 amp 220v trip that has a neutral pigtail connected to the neutral bus. The natural for the tub is connected to the bus. The 220v connects directly to the control ...
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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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Feit receptacle with USB ports trip GFCI

I replaced a standard dual 120V outlet at the end of a kitchen counter GFCI circuit with the Feit dual 120V with 2 USB Ports. I taped over the outlet screws as I'm pushing it into a metal box and a ...
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Why don't my lights work after I added a GFCI outlet to the circuit?

I replaced an old outlet with a GFCI outlet in my bathroom. I know that I've installed it correctly because I've tested it with a night light. But I can't get the light fixture above my vanity to ...
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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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Samsung Front Load washer WF45k6500/AV/A2 trips GFCI Combination AFCI breaker

I have a new home constructed 10/16. The washer was installed at the time of closing. We did not have an issue until January when the washer required a self clean cycle. With about 10 minutes left ...
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GFCI breaker trips when switched on

I'm buying a house. It's an old house. I had to put in a GFCI breaker for the bathroom. It trips as soon as I switch it on. If I disconnect the neutral it doesn't trip. It is three wire coming ...
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Breaker to outdoor Sub panel keep tripping

Need help with my outdoor kitchen fridge. A 20 amp fuse at the main box goes takes a 10/2 w/ground wire to a sub panel. The sub panel has two 15 amp breakers circuit one goes to a storage shed via ...
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Washing machine randomly tripping GFCI

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 ...
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Wiring a gfci switch combo…I can't get the light to turn off?

I have a Pass & Seymour GFCI Switch/outlet combo. I am replacing a switch/outlet combo that was a non gfci. I haver three wires coming into the box. The hot wire, the wire to the light and a ...
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Why do I have a 3 wire/double pole breaker for kitchen receptacle?

I am switching my kitchen receptacle to a GFI; it has 3 wires. I'm pretty sure I have to break the bar between the two hot screws, thus making the top and bottom on a separate circuit. What is the ...
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Washer tripping gfi outlet

I've been living in my house for almost two years and my washer and dryer have been working fine. I have a maytag Neptune washer and dryer, just the other day I took a packet of tide washing machine ...
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How to finish the wiring of a shared GFCI receptacle

My neighbor who is an electrician helped me start an electrical project in my garage but has been MIA for 3 weeks and I'm not sure how to finish the wiring of the receptacles. He didn't seem to start ...
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Efficient way to determine line and load

My townhouse was built in the early 1980's, and since it was built, the state laws around which outlets are on a GFCI line have changed. The wiring itself is fine, just the receptacles need to be ...
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What would trip a Eaton 20a gfci breaker

Fairly new less than one month old Eaton 20a gfci breaker to trip with nothing but the white common coil attached. Meaning the breaker is in the main box with no load circuit connected. Meaning I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is one failed test enough evidence to replace an RCBO?

The consumer unit in my shed (in the UK) has an RCBO. I pushed the test button and the breaker did not trip. I then reset and rearmed the breaker using the lever. It now trips every time I push the ...
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GFCI trips when reset and many devices are connected to it

I have connected a GFCI 15A to a 20A breaker although all outlets have the typical 15A NEMA. Whenever I turn it on it trips if any devices are connected. If I disconnect everything it doesn't trip. ...
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GFCI Suddenly Tripping

I have 4 GFCI plugs on the kitchen wall that have been there for a few years. Late afternoon yesterday, all 4 tripped. I kept resetting them and they kept tripping. 2 are on 1 breaker and 2 on another....
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How should I connect a GFCI outlet on a well pump circuit?

I need help installing a GFI that's outside house. In the box there are 2 white wires and 2 black & bare ground. One set of wires come from the house and the other 2 go to a well. I tried hooking ...
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Why does my bath fan trip the GFCI outlet protecting it?

I am attempting to protect a new bath exhaust fan (DewStop Breezeasy F22-1w) through a GFCI (Leviton SmartLocPro) The area is a new construction bathroom. Each time I attempt to switch on the fan the ...
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Plugging load into any of the last few downstream duplexes trips the gfci

In an old house with no ground wires and metal duplex boxes, we installed a GFCI in the first box in one circuit, and new 3-prong duplexes downstream named A through E. When we plug a load into duplex ...
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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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septic pump trips new gfci on dedicated circut

Its 2/5/20118 now and my septic pump on a brand new gfci trips the gfci---the new float switch does not by itself trip the gfci--the pump by it self or in combo with the flooat switch does trip--I ...
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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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my box has been upgraded to AFCI breakers Tennessee?

I have an old house, my box has been upgraded to AFCI breakers. Can I replace the 2 prong plugs with GFCI plugs & the "GFCI PROTECTED / NO EQUIPT GROUND" labels & meet code requirements for ...
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Why do GFCI's seem so finicky?

I've lived in the USA for a little over 4 years now and aside from the obvious differences in residential electrical systems compared to where I'm from (120V vs 240V, 60Hz vs 50Hz, etc.) one thing in ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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2 GFCIs out of one box to different circuits

I just rewired my garage using what was there and have non-functional brand new GFCI outlets. They both come out of one box and feed separate circuits in my garage (one to a wall and other to my ...
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GFI Tripping at same time every day,

I have a GFI Outlet in my kitchen. It trips faithfully, every morning at 6:05 AM. I have checked every outlet on the same line and nothing attaches to anything on a timer that may trigger it. When ...
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GFCI outlet with led light not on but have power

I have a new GFCI outlet with the LED light not on. But the outlet has power and the load outlet also has power. The test button works and you can reset the GFCI, but no LED light comes on. What can ...
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GFCI trips after adding new circuit to it

Preface: I am a complete newbie when it comes to electrical circuits. I usually have electricians do all the work in our house. An electrician installed a circuit in our backyard with 8 outlets on it....
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What could be causing my GFCI outlet to trip?

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 ...
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Electrical problem with GFCI

I just bought this house, and the circuit in the garage was functioning fine. I have a GFCI and one downstream receptacle on a certain branch. There are other GFCIs on this circuit, but not in line ...
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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 ...