Need GFI outlet help


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Old 11-08-13, 10:16 PM
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Need GFI outlet help

I was using my straight iron in the upstairs master bathroom and the outlet stopped working. The two outlets by the sink have a GFI sticker on them but no test/reset button. The outlets in the other bathroom upstairs also have stopped working. again no test/reset button just a GFI sticker. There are only 5 plugs in the house with the test/reset buttons. two in the kitchen and one in the downstairs bathroom and two in the garage. I have reset all of them and I have reset all of the breakers in the panel. I can not get the plugs to work. all other plugs upstairs work but the plugs in the two bathrooms upstairs. I am pulling my hair out here please help me.
 
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Old 11-08-13, 10:34 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Unfortunately we can't help you find the protecting GFCI. It could be in your laundry room or unfinished basement or crawl space, or outside.

I was using my straight iron in the upstairs master bathroom and the outlet stopped working.
That sounds more like a thermal overload than a ground fault, so...

I have reset all of the breakers in the panel.
Did you turn each breaker completely off before turning it on?
 
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Old 11-08-13, 10:39 PM
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what is a thermal overload mean? and yes i flipped each breaker off before turning one back on. and I have looked everywhere i do not think there is another GFI outlet.
 
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Old 11-09-13, 04:22 AM
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OH, yeah. It is hidden by stacked boxes, or a piece of furniture. I am assuming you don't have a GFCI breaker to control these receptacles? Did all the GFCI's reset when you tripped them? Trip each one with the black button and reset each one. Otherwise it is just going to be like an Easter egg hunt for the faulty tripped receptacle.
 
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Old 11-09-13, 04:44 AM
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Thermal Overload

what is a thermal overload mean
It means the circuit got too hot.

I am thinking you may have a bad connection in a back-stabbed receptacle.

You need to identify which breaker in your service panel controls the problem circuit.
 
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Old 11-09-13, 06:57 AM
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I am thinking you may have a bad connection in a back-stabbed receptacle.

You need to identify which breaker in your service panel controls the problem circuit.
Presto!!

If the iron has a ground fault, it probably would have tripped a GFCI device, somewhere, as soon as it was plugged in, but you stated that you had been using it for a while. GFCI receptacles are not circuit breakers, they do not trip on overload.
 
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Old 11-09-13, 07:19 AM
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I was thinking of a hair "iron" rather than a clothes iron, and many of them have GFCI's built into the handle. Wifey's would trip the GFCI on both the unit and the wall for some reason. It's now a part of the local landfill Got tire of that stuff.
 
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Old 11-09-13, 08:12 AM
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Chandler, you notice I just said......

If the iron has a ground fault
........because the OP said........

I was using my straight iron
.........and I had no idea what a straight iron was!
 
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Old 11-09-13, 10:22 AM
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I too think a connection has failed.

Please read the troubleshooting sticky at the top of this forum.
 
 

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