If you miswired the GFCI it may not prevent personal injury or death due to a ground fault (electrical shock). If you mistakenly connect the LINE wires to the LOAD terminals, the GFCI will not reset and will not provide power to either the GFCI receptacle face or any receptacles fed from the GFCI.
How do you tell if a GFCI is wired correctly?
So the only reliable way to check an older GFCI is to use a circuit tester that has its own GFCI test button (sold at home centers and hardware stores). Plug in the tester and push its test button. If the power goes off, the GFCI is working. Press the reset button to restore power.
Can a GFCI be bad and still work?
Often, a faulty appliance “downstream” will cause any of the GFI outlets in your home to trip. Like most things electrical, GFCI outlets do have a life expectancy. If the internal circuit is still working, one tip-off that you have a worn-out GFI outlet is when it continually trips when you try to use an appliance.
What is the difference between line and load on a GFCI?
The “line” wires are the incoming power from the breaker box and the “load” wires are the outgoing power that travels down the circuit to the next outlet.
What causes a GFCI to go bad?
The industry standard for change-outs is typically every 10 to 15 years, but you really should have a qualified electrician inspect any outlet that has been exposed to excessive UV light, heat, moisture, or chemical vapors, as all these factors can cause a ground fault interrupter to fail prematurely.
Does a GFCI have to be on its own circuit?
While a GFCI doesnt need its own breaker or circuit, its likely in a circuit that requires the protection of soil defects.
What is the line in the load on a GFCI?
There are two types of wires attached to the receptacle. The “line” wires are the incoming power from the breaker box and the “load” wires are the outgoing power that travels down the circuit to the next outlet.
What color screw does the white wire go to?
silver screw The white (neutral) wire connects to the silver screw, or you place it in the back wire hole on the same side of the device as the silver screw. The black (hot) wire goes to the brass screw or into the hole in the back of the device on the same side as the brass screw.
How do I find out why my breaker keeps tripping?
Repeated circuit breaker tripping caused by general wear and tear on the circuit breaker is usually due to one of the following issues:Short Circuit: A short circuit is common, but potentially dangerous. Overloaded Circuit: Another common occurrence is a simple, overloaded circuit.More items