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Old 10-20-2014, 09:41 AM   #1
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Power Loss All GFI Outlets

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This last weekend I experienced loss of power in all GFI controlled outlets. During my diagnostic trouble shooting, I noticed water dripping from my central vac cannister. I removed the reefer inspection cover and found water dripping from the icemaker tube at the solenoid fitting. My question is what circuit could have shorted to cause the GFI to trip. I shut off the water supply to the icemaker and the drip stopped. Later in the day (at hot sunny day) the GFI reset button finally stay in! Did the water short evaporate? and where?


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Old 10-20-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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I've heard of ice build up around the ice maker tripping the GFI.
Is the fridge 110 outlet on the effected circuit?
Any excess humidity around the rear of the fridge can trip a GFI.

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Old 10-20-2014, 10:45 AM   #3
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First a common problem with the Ice Maker is the line from the solenoid to the freezer splits and turns into a sprayer.

Circuits that MIGHT be on the GFCI include the ice maker, the Fridge's 120 volt side and the central vac.

I know the Fridge need not be,,, Ice maker is arguable, and I do not know about the vac. But for some reason some builders put 'em all on the GFCI.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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Had that happen too. I had to thoroughly remove and dry out the outlet in the basement and box above the vacuum, also the outlet near the floor between the dinette and refrigerator wall and inside the furnace compartment under the refrigerator. (assuming you have gas/ac refig and gas furnace) I used rags, sponges, paper towels, and even wet/dry vac. Most important was the use of a blow hair drier to dry out the outlets from both sides. (remember to open the circuit breaker also before doing this).
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