Hit test on gfi breaker and now it won't reset

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Old 05-28-12, 01:08 PM
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Hit test on gfi breaker and now it won't reset

Yesterday i was out replacing an outdoor GFI receptacle and all went fine. Then i checked the breaker box for no particular reason and tested, again for no particular reason, a GFI breaker that goes to an outdoor BBQ area. The breaker tripped and now it won't reset. Everything was working just fine before i tested the breaker and of course now everything is dead. the receptacle i replaced wasn't on this circuit so it had nothing to do with this sudden failure. Any thoughts? Thanks a ton.
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Old 05-28-12, 02:08 PM
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Then i checked the breaker box for no particular reason and tested, again for no particular reason, a GFI breaker that goes to an outdoor BBQ area. The breaker tripped and now it won't reset... Any thoughts?
A couple: First, the TEST button didn't get hung or stuck by any chance, did it?

Second, a GFCI breaker that has tripped needs to be reset in the same way a tripped non-GFCI breaker is reset. That is, push it all the way to the OFF position and then push it ON.

If this doesn't solve the problem, post back and we can try other things.
 
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Old 05-28-12, 02:22 PM
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I think I'd disconnect the hot (Blk) conductor and the neutral (Wht) conductor from the GFI breaker. Then, try resetting the breaker. If it resets, reconnect conductors and test again. If it doesn't reset, replace the GFI breaker. What brand is it and how old is it? Square D QO series and Cutler-Hammer CH series both carry a lifetime warranty and all you have to do is present them to a dealer for free replcements. Siemens, GE, Murray and Cutler-Hammer BR series carry a 10 year warranty.
 
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Everything is good.

Thanks for the help guys. All I had to do was push it all the way off to reset it. I feel like an idiot. Thanks again for your help.
 
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Glad that's all it took, and thank you for coming back to tell us.
 
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