If your GFCI outlet isn’t working, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue:
- Check the Power Source: Make sure that the outlet is receiving power. Check your breaker box to confirm that the circuit is not tripped. If it is, reset it.
- Check for a Tripped GFCI: If your GFCI outlet is not working, it may have tripped. On the outlet, check for a “reset” button and press it. This should reset the outlet. If it does not reset, it may be damaged and need to be replaced.
- Check for Loose Connections: If the GFCI outlet is still not working, check for any loose connections in the wiring. Turn off the power to the outlet and check the wiring connections to ensure they are secure. (This may get a little technical for some, so only complete if you feel comfortable.)
- Replace the GFCI Outlet: If none of the above steps solve the issue, it may be time to replace the outlet. This is especially true if the outlet is old or has been damaged.
It is important to remember that electrical work can be dangerous. If you are unsure about any of these steps or do not feel comfortable working with electricity, contact a licensed electrician for assistance.
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Curious to learn even more about the fundamentals of GFCI outlets? Check out our full Blog Article HERE.