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Your GFCI is designed to protect you! When your GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) trips, it is actually a sign that the device is working properly to protect you from potential electrical hazards. A GFCI is designed to monitor the flow of electricity and can trip if it detects a ground fault, which could indicate a leakage of current, potentially preventing electric shock or fires.

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Ground fault protection is integrated into GFCI receptacles and GFCI circuit breakers for installation into your electrical system. These receptacles are especially installed for circuit outlets in particularly vulnerable areas such as where electrical equipment is near water. There are three types of GFCIs. The most often used “receptacle-type” GFCI, similar to a common wall outlet, is the type with which most consumers are familiar. Additionally, circuit breaker GFCIs are often used as replacements for standard circuit breakers and provide GFCI protection to all receptacles on that individual circuit. Temporary or portable GFCIs are frequently used in construction and in outdoor settings with electric tools, mowers, trimmers, and similar devices. They should not be used as a permanent alternative to a regular GFCI. Temporary GFCIs should be tested prior to every use.

 How To Reset Your Tripped GFCI

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To reset a tripped GFCI, simply locate the outlet with the “Test” and “Reset” buttons and press the “Reset” button. If the GFCI continues to trip after resetting, it could be a sign of a more serious electrical issue and it is recommended to consult a licensed electrician to inspect and address the problem.

IF your GFCI keeps tripping, there could be other reasons for this issue. Circuit overload occurs when more amperage flows through an electric wire or circuit than it can handle. This may happen if you connect malfunctioning or defective appliances. Loose, corroded wires or connections may also be to blame. Once the GFCI outlet senses an overload, it trips or “breaks” the circuit.

Another reason is it could be an electric fault resulting from faulty structural wiring. An electrical outlet connected to the same circuit could also be the source of the problem, especially if it was not part of the original wiring of your home. In the case of an electrical fault, you will need a professional electrician to fix the problem.

 Remember, never ignore a tripped GFCI as it is a crucial electrical safety feature in your home or workplace.

If You Are On The Hunt for a GFCI Outlet

iStock 1299444231 Genesis Electrical Service Genesis Electrical ServiceFirst, check all the outlets in the vicinity, as GFCIs are often connected in a series, so the tripped outlet might not be the one you are looking at. If you still can’t find the tripped outlet, head to the electrical panel in your home and look for a breaker labeled “GFCI.” Sometimes GFCI outlets are connected to a dedicated breaker in the panel.

If you are still unable to locate the tripped GFCI, it might be hidden behind furniture or in less obvious places like the garage, basement, or even outdoors. Take a thorough look around your home to find the elusive outlet.

Remember, electrical safety is paramount when dealing with electrical issues. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with troubleshooting electrical problems, it’s best to contact a licensed electrician to assist you.

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If you’ve tried all else and the GFCI outlet reset doesn’t solve the problem, that means the outlet itself is defective. GFCI outlets have highly responsive internal circuitry to detect whenever there’s a flaw in the electric system. With time, the sensitive circuitry wears out, rendering the outlet dysfunctional. In this case, the outlet will need repairing or even replacing. Contact us! 

 

 

 

 
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