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Gfi won’t reset or trip but still works intermittently

 
 
Reply Sat 25 Aug, 2018 08:53 pm
Been having some issues with home electrical in regards to gfi outlets and appliances. Home was built 6 years ago by a licensed contractor. For the past 1-2 years I’ve noticed that most of my outlets have scorched spots on them, all the gfi outlets are still powering my appliances but they are all “tripped” meaning both buttons are out and won’t reset or trip. Have had a couple electricians out, they replace outlets explaining that it’s a ground but fixed now. Only to have the new outlets do the same thing. I’m stumped.
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McGowan-28
 
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Reply Tue 25 Sep, 2018 01:25 pm
@Azsurveyor ,
Make sure you check the line and the load on the back of the GFCI, this may cause the problem of it not being able to reset. If not Check the things that you are plugging into it, it may be pulling to much current for the wire to handle causing to burn out and leave those marks you are seeing.
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AngelM
 
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Reply Tue 25 Sep, 2018 01:45 pm
@Azsurveyor ,
Check the back of the gfci it miet be wired wrong, in the back it says load and line its possible that its wired wrong and miet have to rewire it to make it work.
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shawn james
 
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Reply Wed 26 Sep, 2018 04:01 pm
how do you know if the gfci is broken
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tookies
 
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Reply Wed 26 Sep, 2018 04:21 pm
@Azsurveyor ,
Maybe check to see if the GFCI line and load are connected in the right spots. That may be why the outlets won't reset.
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Alessandrine-5
 
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Reply Wed 26 Sep, 2018 04:33 pm
@Azsurveyor ,
Check to make sure that all connections to your GFCI is correct. Just one small mistake could be the reason why it is tripping. One issue is that your line and load of the GFCI could be hooked up in the wrong spots, maybe try to reverse your wiring to make the connection right.
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HPmark
 
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Reply Wed 26 Sep, 2018 06:25 pm
@Azsurveyor ,
If your GFCI has power and is still tripped it has to deal with you line and load on the GFCI. Your line wiring must be connected to your load wiring somewhere. If your getting marks on your GFCI make sure your not making hooks and screwing it on the GFCI. You need to insert the wire in the hole of the back of the GFCI to the according slot. Also your wire could not be the right type and could be getting to much pressure.
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taopathway
 
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Reply Sun 2 Dec, 2018 11:32 pm
@Azsurveyor ,
first off the gfci is hooked up wrong. secondly the power working intermittently is loose connections to the breaker in the panel

the gfci has a line side which is the wire coming from the panel (to identify this wire continuity test the neutral white wire and the ground bare wire and they will show continuity), and the load side is the wire going to the other receptacles in the house that provides gfci protection to them after the gfci outlet.


sounds like the electricians came to your house to fix it took your money for a few minutes and left, to prevent this next time you could always request them to replace your gfci receptacle outlet with a standard outlet and make them put a new gfci breaker in your panel to provide the protection instead.
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