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Causes of Lost Power to GFCI Outlets

   
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Symptoms of a Bad GFCI Electrical Outlet: The breaker doesn’t trip nor does the GFI but the circuit loses power.


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Electrical Repairs: I have a circuit that loses power.

  • There is a GFI on the circuit.
  • The breaker doesn’t trip nor does the GFI but the circuit loses power.

This electrical question came from: Bruce, a Homeowner from Edna, Texas.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repairs question Bruce.

Symptoms of a Bad GFCI Outlet

Application: Wiring or Replacing a GFI Outlet
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI outlet wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Wiring a GFCI Outlet

  • Bruce, the GFCI itself may be bad and need to be replaced.
  • What you are describing is one symptom of a bad GFCI outlet or one that has been wired incorrectly.
  • Realistically, most GFCI outlets do not last forever and  may need replacing.

GFCI Outlet Wiring

  • Wiring Diagram GFI
  • The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.

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