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Don't Wait to Fix a Faulty GFCI

If your GFCI receptacles keep tripping, there may be an issue with your electrical circuit and outlets. Follow these troubleshooting steps, and consider hiring an electrician sooner rather than later to fix the issue.

Check Your GFCI

Your home’s GFCI receptacles are literal lifesavers, protecting you and your outlets against circuit imbalances by shutting off the power when they detect an issue.

If you suspect something wrong with your electrical circuit and outlets, you’ll want to check your GFCI receptacles to make sure they’re keeping your home safe.

How to check your GFCI

  • Press the reset button on the GFCI outlet. After resetting, test the outlet again by plugging any electrical device into it and seeing if it works. If it's working properly, resetting it once should be enough, but if it's tripping repeatedly, the GFCI could be faulty.

  • Locate the breaker box and check to see if one of the breakers is flipped to the "off" position. If the breaker is tripped, your outlet and systems won't reveive any power and can't be reset until the breaker is on.

  • Check your other GFCI outlets and press the reset and test buttons. Compare how they respond to the outlet that isn't working. If they don't respond the same way, that's a good sign that the outlet that won't reset needs to be replaced.

  • If only one outlet isn't working and pressing reset didn't help, you might be dealing with a faulty GFCI. You'll need an electrician to come by and diagnose the issue.

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

What to Do if Your GFCI Is Faulty

Unless you’re very familiar with your home's electrical system, it’s best to have your faulty GFCI outlets replaced by the pros. A faulty GFCI may indicate improper wiring or electrical grounding in your home, so you'll want an expert to identify and help prevent any electrical hazards that might be hiding in plain sight.

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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