Old 10-03-03, 04:15 PM
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The GFCI circuit in my bathromm has tripped. Pushing in the reset button does not work, it stays tripped. I have reset all the other GFCI circuits in the house and even went as far as resetting the breaker box.

Any ideas on what may be the problem?
Old 10-03-03, 04:37 PM
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Two main possibilities: (1) You have a ground fault, or (2) You need a new GFCI receptacle.

If you have $8-$12 burning a hole in your pocket, you could start by swapping out the GFCI receptacle with a new one. This approach cost a bit of money, but doesn't require much thought.

Otherwise, you should look for the ground fault. Start by thinking about any water that might have been sprayed or splashed or rained around an electrical outlet anywhere inside or outside your house (not just in this bathroom). It that rings a bell, then dry it out.

If you can't find a moisture problem, then start by unplugging everything on this circuit (not all receptacles might be nearby) and turning off all switches. Try again to reset the GFCI.

If that still hasn't worked, then you need to divide and conquer. By progressively disconnecting and reconnecting parts of the circuit, you can start to narrow down where the problem might be. Start by shutting off the breaker and disconnecting the "load" wires on the GFCI itself. If it still won't reset after turning the breaker back on, then replace the GFCI. But if it now resets, then turn the breaker back off again, rehook the load side wires, and disconnect the next thing downstream.

If you feel that you lack the skills to carry out my suggestions, then call an electrician or skilled handyman.
Old 10-04-03, 06:47 AM
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Sounds like a plan.

I've printed out your instructions and will commence the hunt.

Thank you very much. I'll report back with my findings.

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