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What is a GFCI Receptacle?

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A special type of receptacle called a GFCI (or GFI), short for ground-fault circuit interrupter, protects kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor receptacles in a home from the serious shock that can occur where electricity and water meet. Identified by the reset and test buttons located on its face, a GFCI will sense even a tiny short and will shut down itself and, in some cases, other receptacles on the same circuit. Just push the reset button to reset the receptacles. Push the test button periodically to insure that the device is working.

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2003 cameo 35ks3 RV, GFI 110v receptacle at bathroom vanity is causing the GFI on the 110v power supply from my house to trip. The GFI receptacle at vanity is new. what must be done to solve problem?

If the house GFCI trips only when the vanity receptacle circuit has power then likely the neutral and ground wires inside the vanity GFCI enclosure are in contact with each other.

To isolate the problem, suggest you pull the vanity GFCI receptacle out of the enclosure but leave all wires connected. Make sure no little hands can get near it. Then power on and see if it still trips the house breaker. If it doesnt trip then likely the vanity GFCI ground wire was touching the neutral.

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Wiring a GFIC alternative.

When wiring a GFCI (Ground Fault Interrupter Circuit) receptacle you would normally connect the wire coming from the service panel or the hot wire to the LINE connection at the GFCI and then connect the other receptacles you wish to protect to the LOAD side on the GFCI. But let's say you have installed a GFCI in a garage circuit and want to run a wire to the garage door opener from that circuit without the garage door opener receptacle being protected by the GFCI but still want all other receptacles protected. Reason being that the garage door opener will trip the GFCI more often than not. You may also want to have a receptacle for a freezer in the garage. You do not want that freezer protected by the GFCI circuit as it may trip without your knowledge and cause all the food to spoil. Warning: Only install a single plug receptacle for the freezer and not a double plug receptacle. That way only one thing, the freezer, can be plugged into this receptacle as it is not GFCI protected. The way to avoid the breaker tripping is to connect the garage door opener & freezer receptacle to the LINE side of the GFCI. This way it is not protected by the GFCI and there is no danger of that receptacle loosing power due to a tripped breaker on the GFCI. When the GFCI trips power will still be available at any receptacle connected on the line side. On any GFCI you can connect two sets of wires to the LINE side. If you have more than two you will have to connect those together under a wire nut and then use a jumper wire to connect to the LINE on the GFCI. Look at the photo and you will see the 2 sets of holes to connect at the LINE side (Bottom) on the back of the GFCI receptacle. There are also 2 sets of holes to connect on the LOAD side (Upper). Of course you would use a wire nut and jumper to connect all the ground wires.8dd2149.png

on Dec 13, 2009 • Electrical Supplies

We have a airbath but the led light gone off and does not work

I am not sure of your question, but your airbath should be plugged into a GFCI receptacle. Unplug it and see if you can reset the receptacle with the little reset switch on it. If you can reset it, then plug the airbath back in. If it trips the receptacle again you have an electrical problem with the airbath, It is possible that instead of a GFCI receptacle, you have a GFCI breaker in the electric panel. Same thing, reset it in the panel.

Why does it trip breaker occasionally?

If there is more that only the refrigerator on the same circuit they will need to be removed. If there is a GFCI receptacle where the fridge is plugged in the GFCI Receptacle needs to be replaced with a typical receptacle because a GFCI is too sensitive for an appliance like a refrigerator. The windings in the refrigerator compressor could be breaking down or the breaker in the breaker box is just too weak for your refrigerator

Had bad receptacle caused GFCI on ac window unit to trip fixed receptacle but GFCI wont reset or test do you have to replace cord on ac

If the GFCI won't reset , replace it. Make sure you have the new receptacle wired correctly before you do that.

What does the orange light on my Leviton GFCI receptacle mean when the GFCI is not tripped and still has power?

Has indicator always been ON?
Or did it suddenly turn ON recently?

Usually small indicator lights show that device is working, and has power.
Then when GFCI trips, the light goes off.

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Can I run a 110 v receptacle off a 220v box (ie. oven) if I use a gfci ?

It would not be a good idea to use a 240v circuit to feed a different circuit with 120v. The gfci probably would not work anyway. A gfci receptacle works by measuring the current from the hot wire to the neutral wire. This circuit would be unbalanced , therefore probably would not allow the gfci to work . If you are trying to feed a washing machine , it should be on a circuit by itself.

ShockSentry GFCI duplex receptacle child safety

Those GFCI's will stop functioning (as they are supposed too) if the electronics is bad. Nearby lightning strikes and power surges can knock out the electronics. Some GFCI's come from the factory bad out of the box. Also if wired incorrectly (make sure the incoming 120 volt wires are connected to the LINE side of the receptacle) The only other thing to check is if there is power to the GFCI. Test for 120 volts at the receptacle box. (testing from hot to neutral will rule out a bad neutral connection). Should read 120 volts. Otherwise, you'll have to replace the outlet :-(

Power failure

Code actually calls for the refrigerator to be on a separate circuit for this reason. you may have a refrgerator that may have a higher voltage spike at compressor start up and that is causing the trip. You can try upgrading your GFCI to a 20amp (most are 15amp). Although you may have to replace with a standard outlet if the problem does not subside.

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Hobart 20 QT. mixer (HL 200) will not operate on a GFCI receptacle.

you need to replace the gfci,the older gfci's interpret these frequencies as a shock hazard and shut off power to the circuit.you can buy @hobart, part#913053, that should solve the trip problem. dont forget to vote thanks monomoy
Apr 05, 2008 • Food Mixers
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