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Don't Flip if Your GFCI Breaker is Tripped

Your GFCI breaker can trip for several reasons. Most of the time, you can make some adjustments to prevent it from tripping again.

Check Your GFCI Breaker

Your GFCI breaker can trip from an overload of connected appliances, improper wiring, or a range of other causes. Regardless of the reason, it’s best to check on your home's outlets, lights, appliances, and (most importantly) your GFCI breaker to make sure it's protecting you from electrical hazards.

How to check your GFCI breaker

  • If there's no power to your electronics, test one of the plugged in devices in another area of the house to be sure it's not the item that is defective.

  • Find your breaker box. GFCI breakers will have a "test" button on it. If the breaker handle is in the "off" position or has stopped half way between on and off, your breaker has tripped.

Are you still without electricity? Consider other problems that cut power.

What to Do if Your GFCI Breaker Has Tripped?

If your GFCI breaker has tripped, you'll want to locate your breaker panel and find the tripped breaker to switch it back on.

Once you've switched your GFCI breaker back on, consider reducing the number of appliances you have connected to the receptacle, and minimize the circuit length between your GFCI circuit breaker and the receptacle.

If your GFCI breaker continues to trip, you may want to hire an electrician to diagnose and solve the issue before your circuits and appliances are no longer safe to use.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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