A GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is an electrical safety device used to protect people from potential electric shock hazards. Building codes require that you have them in your home, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.
If you’re looking to install new GFCI or update your existing ones, this guide is for you. We’ll answer some frequently asked questions about GFCI. Get all the information you need on GFCI issues right here!
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My GFCI Outlet Makes an Odd Buzzing Noise – Is it Risky?
There are several reasons why your GFCI outlet may be making odd noises. It could be due to a recent reset. Your GFCI outlet has two buttons between the receptacles, one for resetting and the other for testing. If you recently hit the reset button, it could be what’s causing the buzzing sound.
If you didn’t hit the reset button and the buzzing still occurs, it could be due to wrong installation or faulty wiring. In this case, you should contact M. R. Electricians to have your problem professionally diagnosed and fixed.
What Should I do if My GFCI Outlet Won’t Keep Plugs in?
This will require a bit of inspection to find out the source of the problem. But first, turn off the power to the GFCI outlet at the panel box. The problem may be due to a tamper-resistant feature that GFCI outlets come with. This is supposed to protect from dirt and other foreign particles. It is also possible that the covers within the outlets are getting jammed and pushing out plugs. Also, if the outlet is new, it can sometimes be hard for plugs to stay in. This will get easier with time.
My GFCI Trips Repeatedly – Should I Replace it?
While your GFCI is supposed to trip when it detects an electrical issue, it shouldn’t happen repeatedly. It could be due to damaged wiring. If that’s the case, you may need to replace the GFCI outlet. Overloaded circuits due to faulty appliances can also cause trips. You may have to replace the appliance to solve the problem. Another frequent cause is moisture. If there’s moisture around the outlet box, it could cause trips. Make sure to keep the area dry and clean.
My GFCI Trips When it Rains – What Should I do?
All outdoor outlets are supposed to be protected by covers. If your outlet is outdoors and trips when it rains, the issue could be because the seal around the cover has degraded. Make sure to inspect the seal and replace it if needed. It is also possible that water may have entered the box, in which case you’ll want to call M.R. Electricians for professional help.
If your wiring is compromised and your roof is leaking, it may be causing trips. In this case, you should have the wiring inspected and make necessary repairs to your roof. This should solve the problem and prevent future trips.
Does Your GFCI Outlet Trip Even When Nothing is Plugged in?
If your GFCI outlet trips even when nothing is plugged in, you may have a wiring issue. It could be due to faulty wiring or an overload somewhere in the circuit. You should have an electrician inspect the wiring and diagnose the issue. They can make sure all connections are secure and up to code.
Is it possible For a GFCI Outlet to Malfunction?
The answer is yes, GFCI outlets can malfunction. Outlets have metal parts and contacts that can corrode or wear out over time. When this happens, GFCI outlets may malfunction and could cause electrical shock or fire hazards. If you’re worried your GFCI outlet isn’t working properly, contact M.R. Electricians to have your issue professionally diagnosed and fixed.
GFCI receptacles should be tested every 6 months. This is done by pressing the “TEST” button located on the face of the GFCI. Plug a lamp or tester into the receptacle to ensure that the receptacle is not carrying power once the test button has been pushed. If the receptacle is still carrying voltage after the test button has been pressed, the GFCI device needs to be replaced. GFCI receptacles are usually effective for 7 to 10 years. Depending on the environment, manufacturer and usage this can be much shorter. It is highly recommended that GFCI receptacles be replaced before 10 years.
We hope this guide answered all your questions about GFCI issues. If you have any additional questions or need help with any of your electrical projects, contact M.R. Electricians today! We provide excellent services and guarantee satisfaction!
M.R. Electric Can Help With All Your GFCI Issues
If any of these issues occur, contact M.R. Electricians for professional help in diagnosing and resolving your GFCI issue. We have experienced electricians who can help you make sure your home is safe. Contact us today at (301) 871-0477 for a free consultation.