A GFI circuit in my kitchen was recently tripped when the coffee maker and
toaster were used at the same time (I'm assuming this was the cause). Since
then I have tried to reset the circuit with limited sucess. I got the
circuit to work a few times (holding the reset button for 1-2 minutes until
the light went out) but it will blow out again if only one small electrical
appliance was used. Could this be a case where the GFI outlet is bad and
just needs replaced or is there some other cause I might be missing. The
circuit in the electrical box does not trip. Thanks for any help.
GFI's not only provide over amperage protection but also current leakage
protection....if it keeps blowing while plugging the same appliance into it
then the appliance becomes suspect. If on the other hand it keeps blowing
while plugging in various appliances (one at a time), then the GFI and/or
the wiring connected to it becomes suspect. If it blows when nothing is
plugged into it, then that more than likely indicates a moisture problem.
Check out the following web page for a GFI tutorial:
Are you sure about that? The breaker type that go into a panel
provide both, but I thought the outlet type only tripped on ground
faults. The amp rating on those was just the amount of current it
could safely handle, like any other outlet.
.if it keeps blowing while plugging the same appliance into it
It seems unlikely that your toaster or coffee maker would have ground
currents occurring apart from your good self, and aren't normally considered
GFI troublemakers. The most common problem machines are ones with motors, or
Try using another combination of appliances?
Sounds like the outlet went bad. The high current being pulled through it
from the two appliances, over time probably just fried it. GFCI outlets have
no over current protection, so that wouldn't have tripped it, and if the two
appliances work in other GFCI outlets, they don't have ground faults. That
plus the fact that it took a while to get it to reset, which is not
normal... Replace it
I've never heard of hold the reset for 1-2 mins. You might have a
defective GFCI. Does the coffee maker and toaster trip any other GFCI
Note: GFCI's are designed to protect you, so defeating, or working
around a tripping one can be dangerous.
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