I've got a GFCI outlet in a bathroom. If I test it by inserting one of
those 3-light testers that has a GFCI test button, it works fine. I
press the button, and *blam*, it trips right away.
However, if I test by using the test button built into the GFCI, the
light on the GFCI goes out while the button is pressed, but it does not
trip, and the light comes back on as soon as I release the test button.
Is this a serious "don't use that outlet until it is fixed" issue, or a
"go ahead and use it, but replace the GFCI at your convenience" issue?
Personally I would replace it. They cost less then $10.00 and take
less then 30 minutes to install. While it is true that most of us
have managed to survive without them, a lot of dead people might have
lived longer lives if they had used a GFCI. IMHO
On Apr 15, 8:37 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I agree. It's not worth trying to figure out why it's behaving this
way. And I'd
have to disagree with those that say it's no different than the
millions of other
non GFCI outlets. This one is in a bathroom, which depending on when
work was done and local codes, may very well be required by code.
it's marked as a GFCI. Someone seeing that is more likely to believe
GFCI protection when using it. For example, someone going to work
with an extension cord would be plugging it into a GFCI protected
it to actually be one and work.
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