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Fix Your Faulty GFCI Circuit Breaker

If your GFCI circuit breaker is malfunctioning, you'll want to take the following steps to check it out and determine if it needs to be replaced by an electrician.

Check Your GFCI Circuit Breaker

When your GFCI circuit breaker detects an issue, it will trip in less than a second to prevent electrical shock. If you notice your GFCI breaker tripping more frequently than normal, follow the steps below to determine if your breaker is faulty.

How to check your GFCI circuit breaker

  • Find your breaker box. The GFCI breaker will have a "test" button on it. Like all breakers, the GFCI breaker will have an "on" and "off" position. If the GFCI breaker is off, flip it back on.

  • Once you've reset the breaker, try the outlet again. If there's still no power to your electronic devices, test one of the plugged in devices in another area of the house to be sure it's not the item that is defective.

  • If the test button doesn't cause the circuit breaker to trip, then the ground fault protection isn't working and the breaker must be replaced. GFCI breakers should be tested on a monthly basis to insure it's providing the circuit protection that it's designed for.

  • If the GFCI circuit breaker isn't tripped but there's no power to the devices, there is a bad electrical connection in the circuit. The circuit tripping repeatedly can also be a sign that there's a defect in the circuit, not the breaker. The breaker is doing it's job to protect you from a dangerous situation.

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

What to Do if Your GFCI Circuit Breaker Is Faulty

A faulty GFCI circuit breaker is a problem worth solving right away. If your GFCI circuit breaker fails to reset after it has tripped or the test button isn’t working, you’ll need to hire an electrician to come and replace your breaker so your home’s circuits and appliances can operate safely again.

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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