Our three bathrooms and one outdoor outlet are on one circuit with a GFCI
When my wife uses a blowdryer in one of the the bathrooms, the GFCI
occassionally trips. I replaced the GFCI breaker, but it doesn't help.
Not knowing what else to do, I checked every outlet, but they all look fine.
I don't know what else to check. Could it be the blowdryer?
Any suggestions would be welcome.
I thought about putting a GFCI outlet in that bathroom, so at least she
wouldn't have to go down to the basement to reset it, but if it doesn't trip
the one built into the blowdryer, there is no reason to think that will
help. (I suppose I could replace all the outlets with GFCIs and the breaker
with a non-GFCI, but then I am looking at $60 plus time. I expect my wife
would say it was money well spent.)
Tried another hair dryer, same result. My wife claims that she plugs it in,
and it is dead. She must reset the breaker to get it to work. However,
then it always runs fine without tripping, until next time. The only other
things used in the circuit are two electric razors, and they run fine all
So, the problem seems to be turning on either of two blow dryers after not
using them for a day, in either of two outlets on the same GFCI breaker.
The breaker is 6 years old. I replaced another GFCI breaker when I had
problems that turned out to be a defective outlet.
This makes no sense at all to me. Please help!
I don't know if this will help or if it's your problem but let me tell you
my experience. I had a similiar problem and went crazy trying to find out
why. Then one of my neighbors told me they had the same problem and cured
it. Seems moisture was seeping into the outdoor outlet and causing the GFI
to trip. I ran a bead of cauling around the outdoor outlet and it never
And the outdoor outlet...which is probably your problem.
Either put that on a different circuit...or put a switch in line so
that you can turn it off when yer not usin' it.
At the very least, cap it off for awhile so that you can see if it's
really the problem.
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