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GFI plug trips when pluged in, no reset

When the portable ac unit is plugged in, the plug trips, when you push reset, the leds on the control flash and a quick bump sound is heard, the plug trips not the circuit breaker and nothing else happens.

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You are trying to draw too much power from the dedicated electrical line, or you may have an outlet that is needing replaced. Try to use another plug, in another room to test

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