GFCI Outlet Installation and Repairs

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At Reliant Naperville Electrician we offer licensed GFCI troubleshooting, installations, and repairs.

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If you lose power from one of your outlets or your breaker trips we can troubleshoot that to determine the source of the problem.

A GFCI receptacle is designed to trip on Ground Faults.

A ground fault is when the current flowing out on the ungrounded conductor faults to ground and the GFCI device can detect that loss of current on the return path and triggers the trip mechanism.

The reason this is designed this way is to prevent electrical shock by de-energizing the circuit in the event that dangerous electrical currents do not take an unintended path to ground such as through people or animals.

When GFCIs trip it can be for many different reasons.

Water intrusion is a very common reason these devices can trip since they are often placed in wet areas.

New GFCI technology offers self-testing features that will diagnose potential faults within the device itself automatically.

You may ask, why is my GFCI tripping?

When a GFCI outlet trips and won’t reset it can be from the old age of the device that has gone bad over time.

It can also be caused by a loss of power or ground faults.

A nuisance trip is when the outlet or GFCI breaker trips randomly and there is no readily identifiable reason.

Nuisance trips can be caused by certain appliances cycling on or cycling off.

Since GFCIs have very sensitive electronics inside of them it can be difficult to isolate the exact cause of a nuisance trip.

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We offer licensed electrical troubleshooting to determine the cause of loss of power from these devices.

Feel free to contact us today to discuss your power issues.

GFCI Breaker tripping issues

GFCI Breaker Installation and Repair

Just like GFCI receptacles, GFCI breakers trip from Ground Faults. GFCI outlet and Breaker Installation and Repair services from Reliant can resolve these issues.

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter commonly referred to as a GFI is a life safety device.

Unlike a receptacle, a breaker is designed to protect the entire circuit that it feeds.

There are many uses for GFCI breakers in outdoor applications.

We use breakers instead of receptacles when we need to ensure the safety of the entire outdoor circuit such as with swimming pool areas.

A GFCI breaker will also be used with hot tub wiring to prevent electrical shock hazards around the water of the spa.

We install GFCI Spa Panels that are weather rated and installed at least 5 feet away from the tub water to ensure that if there was any fault current inside of the tub the occupants would not be exposed to it.

The National Electrical Code requires GFCI protection in many areas in residential and commercial spaces.

When a GFCI breaker trips it is often caused by water seeping into an outdoor electrical box.

You can identify a GFCI breaker because it will typically have a reset button on the face of it.

Reliant Naperville Electrician can troubleshoot and repair your tripping breaker when the breaker will not reset.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about GFCIs

Why is my GFCI outlet tripping?

A very common reason your GFCI outlet is tripping is water intrusion. Another common reason is a faulty GFCI device. Just like an aging car, electrical components can get worn out over time and require replacement.

How do I know if my GFCI is bad?

The way to tell if your GFCI is bad is if the test button does not trip the receptacle when pressed firmly. Another way to tell is if the GFCI button is tripped and won’t push in to reset it. There may also be an indicator light that flashes red to indicate that the receptacle has gone bad and needs to be replaced.

What does GFCI stand for?

GFCI is short for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and is commonly referred to as a GFI.

Where are GFCI outlets required in residential homes?

GFCI outlets are required in many areas of the home including, unfinished basements, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, exterior locations, and laundry areas.

What does it mean to load something from a GFCI?

A GFCI outlet has line and load terminals for GFCI protecting other devices from the load side of the device. Electrical equipment or other receptacles downstream from the device that is fed from the load side of the GFCI will be GFCI protected from that device.

How often should my GFCI be tested?

Manufacturers typically recommend testing GFCIs weekly or monthly but the newest devices have self-testing capabilities integrated.

What is a GFCI Breaker?

A GFCI Breaker is an overcurrent device inside the breaker panel that also protects the circuit in the event of a ground fault. It will have a test button on the front of the breaker next to the breaker handle.

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