Locations: Wet and Damp
What is GFCI?
- GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter.
- It is also called GFI.
- There are small transformers within these devices that detect variances in the electrical current that are characteristic of water interference.
- These devices will automatically shut off power to the protected part of the circuit.
- GFCI Plugs.
- GFCI Breakers.
- Hot Tub.
- Bathroom plugs.
- Kitchen counter tops.
- Outside plugs.
- Garage plugs.
- Crawl space.
- Any other wet or damp locations.
- When adding a plug on a circuit that does not have a ground wire such as knob and tube wiring.
What provides GFCI protection?
Where are ground fault circuit interrupters required?
A tripped GFCI:
If you have a plug or a device that does not work in one of these locations, the GFCI might be tripped. First, ensure that the situation that caused the tripping is resolved such as ensuring items are dry. Then reset the plug or breaker. The plugs have a test and a reset button. Press the reset button. If you have a gfci breaker, it will need to have the handle flipped to the “off” position to reset and then flip the handle to the “on” position.
If this does not resolve the issue, you may need to have the gfci replaced as they wear out over time. There may be other issues along the circuit that may require the attention of a qualified electrician.