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Old 09-04-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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GFCI's won't reset

Some of the outlets and misc. other things don't work; I have a GFCI that won't reset. Is it a matter of needing to replace the GFCI or a symptom of another problem? Checked all the fuses and they're OK. All the circuit breakers are on.
Reset the block by the battery. I'm now out of ideas!

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Try unplugging everything from all the outlets. Maybe something that is plugged in is tripping it immediatly. If not replace the GFCI
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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Check for power at the connections on the back of the GFI. If it has power and won't reset, then replace it. If this GFI also controls the outlet behind your refrigerator, make sure you unplug refrigerator then try reset again. If the heat element is bad in fridge, it could trip GFI.
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I've had a couple go bad in the past so that may be the problem.
They just would not reset.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #5
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There are 3 possible problems, I will describe test procedure at the end

1: NO POWER To the GFCI, they will not reset without power
Tripped breaker, bad shore power, loose screw in power distribution panel (I often say many RVers have a few screws loose,, Many times these are the screws, many times a #2 square tip is a good choice, do not tighten with rig plugged in).

Bad connection in back of GFCI (See test procedure)

Second reason: Bad GFCI

Third: in this case it does reset, but immed trips.. GROUND FAULT

Likely cause, water in patio outlet Less likely, loose wire touching something it should not


Test procedure.. Remove GFCI from wall/box

Identify LOAD wires and disconnect from them, cap the wires on the GFCI

Attempt reset.. if it works you have problem 3

If not, turn off power to GFCI, Using a magic marker label the wires still connected to the GFCI as IN.. and the ones you disconnected above as OUT, this is MOST IMPORTANT do not skip this step.

Remove wire nuts and either hook on a test lamp (Small 120 volt lamp) or a volt meter, Apply power and see what the light/meter says (LIGHT or 120 volts good) DARK/zero (or very low) Bad check closer to the box.

If any connections appear burnt or damaged that's it.

NOTE USE GREAT CARE WORKING WITH LIVE WIRES.

If it turns out you have problem 3.. Ground fault...

Start with the patio outlet.. If you open it up and take a shower, Problem found, Clean, dry, replace if necessary and re-seal.

If thats dry then work your way back toward the GFCI till you find a problem,, NOTE all dead outlets are on the GFCI.
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