gfci upgrade


Old 12-07-00, 04:01 AM
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I have xmas lights on outside and gfci outlet is in bathroom and kept popping so i reset. the circuit is rated for 20 amp yet the gfci is rated for 15 amp. Could the load caused by the xmas lights cause the gfci to keep tripping? There does not appear tobe a moisture problem. ANd, can a 15 amp GFCI be replaced with a 20A GFCI?
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Old 12-07-00, 04:14 AM
Gary Tait
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If the GFCI is tripping, unpgrading to a 20A won't
help, unless the existing GFCI is faulty. The reason is
that the differencr between a 15A and a 20A GFCI is simply
that current carrying parts are a bit beefier, not that it
will react differently to 20A than to 15A.
Old 12-07-00, 11:03 AM
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Gary Tait is right the GFI does not care about how many amps you pull. The GFI will keep right on ticking until you have a melt down as concerned to amps.

The GFI monitors leakage. Remember that a morning dew will be registered by the GFI and kick off if you are not using weather proof rated xmas lights. Most xmas lights are not weather proof rated. Check you box for the rating of your xmas lights as to whether they are inside rated or outside weather proof rated

Hope this helps

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