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Old 01-21-2021, 09:21 PM   #1
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Is my GFI receptacle defective?

I have a GFI receptacle under the kitchen cabinet for the induction cooktop. Its red light is flashing and the reset button does not work. Is the GFI defective and should I replace it?
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:43 PM   #2
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Often times the GFCI is connected to and protecting other outlets down the line. The fault could be at another outlet.

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Often times the GFCI is connected to and protecting other outlets down the line. The fault could be at another outlet.

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Old 01-21-2021, 09:45 PM   #4
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I have a GFI receptacle under the kitchen cabinet for the induction cooktop. Its red light is flashing and the reset button does not work. Is the GFI defective and should I replace it?
Hard to tell from here but it’s entirely possible. They tend to use cheap Chinese receptacles and they certainly can fail. If the wiring is secure and you’ve got 120V going in then replacing it with a high quality part is the next easy test.
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Any recommendations on a high-quality brand of GFI receptacle? There are many on Amazon.
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I recently had the same issue with the receptacle in the peg board bay. I swapped it out with a new one from Home Depot. It correct the fault. Beware that the new GFI receptacle was opposite of the old one, meaning the feed was on the opposite side of the indicator light.
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We often hope that just replacing the GFCI will solve the issue, but they really don't go bad that often. Before you replace the GFCI, you need to find what's plugged into that GFCI circuit. Unplug everything on that circuit and see if the GFCI still trips, if it doesn't, start plugging things back in until it does to locate the issue.

That kitchen GFCI may run items in the bays. My bathroom GFCI runs my awnings. I had an issue with the rear awning tripping he GFCI and neither I nor Girard could find the cause.
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Here's a quick test. Pull the GFI receptacle out and then push the reset. If it resets, wire it to a cord with a plug then plug it into an outlet. If it doesn't pop the reset and the red light doesn't flash, you likely have a problem somewhere else. I would think that the receptacle for the induction stove would be on a designated line because of the power draw they have. I actually carry a spare 20 amp GFI receptacle in my RV. They do go bad. I use Legrand Pass & Seymour® receptacle.
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This is the circuit that feeds the induction cooktop. I can find no other lights or appliances on that circuit.
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This is the circuit that feeds the induction cooktop. I can find no other lights or appliances on that circuit.
I don't believe any other receptacle would be on that line. On my London Aire I have accounted for all my receptacles with GFCI,s, none are on the cooktop GFCI. Over the years in my home and RV I have changed a few GFCIs. Put a new one in and see what happens. Stay well and safe travels.
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The GFCI outlet for the induction cooktop failed when our coach was 6 months old. I bought a Leviton GFCI. No problems after that.
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When I was wiring our new house I had 2 brand new GFCI outlets that were bad right out of the box. So it does happen.
I used all 20 amp commercial grade receptacles and switches when I built the house. I used Cooper but any name brand should work.

If the circuit you are wiring is protected by a 20 amp circuit breaker it should have 12 awg wire, if so I would use a 20 amp GFCI
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Any recommendations on a high-quality brand of GFI receptacle? There are many on Amazon.


I guess it could be a bad outlet, but more likely you have an issue in the wiring including all other outlets connected to that GFI. Sometimes plugs in the basement are using the GFI of the kitchen or 1/2 bath.
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Any recommendations on a high-quality brand of GFI receptacle? There are many on Amazon.

Leviton, Legrand, and Eaton. Available at the Home Improvement stores.
As this circuit is for a cooktop, make sure that if the cord is a 20 amp cord, you purchase a 20 amp GFCI Receptacle.
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