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Identifying a Tripped GFCI Outlet

A tripped GFCI will cause the outlet in question to lose power, so you might suspect an electrical problem. In reality, your home's electricity is probably fine — you just need to reset the GFCI.

Why Do GFCI Outlets Trip?

A GFCI is a device in your electrical system that protects you from electric shock, so it will turn off power (or "trip") if it senses an imbalance of electrical current in the circuit.

How to check for a tripped GFCI

  • Some GFCIs have indicator lights on the face of the outlet. If the light is red, then the outlet has been tripped and needs to be reset. Some GFCIs have a green light to indicate that the outlet is working. If your GFCI is showing a green indicator light, but your device isn't working, you'll need to test the other outlets.

  • If the red light is on, or your GFCI doesn't have an indicator light, press the reset button. After resetting, test the outlet again by plugging any electrical device into it and seeing if it works. If your device is working, you found the issue and the solution! Resetting it once should be enough, but if its tripping repeatedly you may have a larger issue with the circuit.

  • If resetting the GFCI didn't work, test your other outlets. If your device works when plugged in somewhere else, then there's an issue with the original outlet. If the device isn't working anywhere, it's more likely a problem with the device.

  • 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.

  • 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 Outlet Is Tripped?

You should be able to fix the problem by simply clicking the reset button on your GFCI outlet.

Didn't work? If the power's still out, you're probably dealing with a different issue that calls for an expert eye. You can reach out to our Remote Assist experts for a free virtual assessment!

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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