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March 19,2018

Resetting GFCI Outlets

Are all the small appliances in your kitchen refusing to work? Does it seem like your curling iron, straightener, electric razor or blow dryer never work in the bathroom? You may have a tripped GFCI outlet that needs to be reset. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we help local DFW home and business owners find ways to improve the safety and efficiency of their electrical systems. We want to help you find solutions to your electrical difficulties as well. Read more to find out how to reset your GFCI Outlet, and what to do if the problem persists.  

What is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. They play a vital role in the overall safety of your property and loved ones. GFCI’s are most often found in rooms where exposure to water or excessive moisture is likely, such as the kitchen, bathroom, basement or laundry room. Without GFCI outlets, individuals run the risk of sparking an electrical fire or getting electrocuted. 

Why Do GFCI Outlets Trip?

GFCI outlets trip when there’s a break in the circuit. This can be caused by many different factors, like a short in your electrical appliances or an overloaded plug bar. Sometimes trips can occur because of damaged insulation on plugs, or because moisture or debris has gotten inside the outlet. 

How to Reset Your GFCI Outlet

When the GFCI outlet trips, the button in the center will pop out. Sometimes, the breaker box will also trip. First, be sure to unplug all electronics from the entire circuit, not just the single GFCI outlet. Go to the breaker box, and flip the switch to “ON” if it has been turned off. Then go back to the GFCI outlets effected and push the rectangular reset button. Cautiously plug in each appliance one at a time, and observe if it happens again. This will help you pinpoint possible sources of the problem. If everything seems to work fine, it may have just been overloaded or exposed to water. Use caution in the future to avoid more trouble.

What to Do If It Won’t Work

If the GFCI won’t reset, then there may be a large problem to deal with. You may have blown a fuse, the terminal screws might be loose or there could be a wiring issue. If you’re unsure what is causing your dead outlet, call a certified electrician. They will have all the training and tools needed to perform an inspection and repair the problem quickly and safely. 

Need Help from a Certified Electrician in North Texas? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth

Are you struggling with a stubborn GFCI outlet? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. Our licensed and insured electricians are proud to provide quality commercial and residential services for customers in Fort Worth, Arlington, White Settlement, Benbrook, Burleson, Aledo, Weatherford and other surrounding DFW communities. Contact our office to learn more about our wide range of services or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced electrician in your neighborhood.