GFCI Problem?


Old 09-30-02, 09:38 AM
Michelle G.
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GFCI Problem?

I have a strange problem. Our house was built in the 70's and when the old owners remodeled the main bathroom they put in a GFCI outlet. The strange part is that we had a bad storm while we were gone one weekend and knocked out the power to certain rooms in the house not connected on the circuit breaker box. When we got home we turned the circuits back on with no problems. But, the GFCI outlet doesn't work also, the outlet in the M. Bedroom and the light fixture to the celing fan doesn't work. The actual fan portion will run as will the lights and outlets on the same wall in my daughter's room will work. I have tried replacing the GFCI outlet and it does not work still. What could be wrong and could I fix it?

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Old 09-30-02, 09:49 AM
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Remove the GFCI recept. and check to be sure there is voltage on the incomming wiring with a voltage tester. If there is not, then you will need to find where it is out. Maybe another GFCI recept. elsewhere inside or outside the house that fed that outlet in question.
Old 10-09-02, 11:06 AM
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Thank you very much for your reply. We did the test with the voltage meter and found that just the recepticles to the things that aren't working are dead. Everything else on that switch works and is alive. My husband is woking on figuring this out.

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If you don't mind me asking what do you mean by "certain rooms in the house not connected on the circuit breaker box. " What are these rooms connected to?

if you don't have power see if you can find the first item on the circuit that doesn't work and the device just before it you may have a burnt off or broken wire. Another thing to check and see if there is another GFCI on the circuit it may be anywhere in the house but if it is tripped then anything downstream of it will not work.

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