Thursday, June 30, 2011

GFCI is not working

GFCIImage by stu_spivack via Flickr

How to reset a GFCI outlet, which seems to be broken.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or GFCI are special outlet that is designed to trip when they detect a voltage leak. They work like normal outlets but have two buttons on their face. One is labeled "test" and the other one "reset". The test button should be pushed monthly to make sure that the GFCI is operational. Resting some GFCO outlets can be tricky. The rest button needs to be pressed firmly strait in. In this video you can see me doing this and failing at it. That is because I was holding the camera in one hand and trying to reset the GFCI with my left hand. I was not able to push the rest button in firmly enough that way to rest it. This is often the case when we receive service call for clients. The trick is to push strait in firmly. I suggest elderly client use a pencil as a tool to do this easier. Using the eraser end you can push in firmly without damaging the GFCI.

GFCI outlets have no Christmas spirit.  :-(Image by slworking2 via Flickr

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1 comment:

  1. You guys have some of the most informative blogs on the web! keep it up!