GFCI outlets , 20 amp and 15 amp
Adding or replacing a GFCI outlet, check out these devices.gfci-pdf
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Many times a GFCI outlet (gfci plug) can malfunction and you will lose power. Sometimes the gfci will trip and the outlet and other outlets connected to it will lose power.
Most of the areas you find the gfci plugs are the garage, bathroom,outdoors, and kitchen counters. Many times your landscape lighting repair is as simple a s resetting the gfci plug.To troubleshoot,Remove all electrical devices from the GFCI outlet. Reset the trip button and, by process of elimination, plug in each electrical device until you are able to determine what is tripping the GFCI.To be more precise, an electrician is capable of using equipment to confirm if there is a ground fault (electrical malfunction) in the electrical device. There may be a malfunction within the electrical system itself.There quite possibly could be a problem such as a short in the wiring or a problem with the GFCI. This can be confirmed by plugging other electrical devices into the GFCI outlet to see if they trip the breaker. Call the electrician if the GFCI trips no matter what is plugged into it, since this indicates there is something wrong with the electrical supply.GFCI breakers are designed to cut the power in a very short time period if electrical imbalances of as little as .005 amperes are detected. Because the GFCI is so sensitive, it is more effective when wired to protect a single location. The more outlets any one GFCI protects, the more susceptible it is to phantom tripping – shutting off power because of tiny, but normal fluctuations in current flow. This last statement is not tru.GFCI breakers can also be tripped by occurrences such as electrical storms and by moisture causing internal circuit board malfunctions.. It is important that the outlets for the GFCI be kept dry and protected from the elements. Most GFCI’s rated for outdoor use come with a protective cover. The new National Electric Code requires special GFCI plugs that are rated for outdoor locations. This is due to the common failure of gfci outlets used outdoors. The new outlet has a membrane to cover the outlet openings when the plug is removed. You still need a raintight while in use cover.
Some GFCI’s are more sensitive that others.
It may be that the GFCI is too sensitive. It is normal for continuous running motors, such as pumps, to sometimes have small electrical fluctuations. Sensitive GFCI’s may detect this and falsely trip. You may want to have the electrician try a new GFCI or a different brand of GFCI if this problem persists.