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brokenhammer 01-11-2009 10:37 PM

Defective GFI's
Is everyone else experiencing a lot of GFI's going bad? Does anyone recommend a certain manufacturer of them that will last longer than the garbage they sell at the big boxes?


Termite 01-11-2009 11:45 PM

I run into a lot of bad ones on inspections. I haven't paid a heck of a lot of attention to the brand name unfortunately, but the ones that seem to go bad (or not function) most often are the ones with the rectangular little buttons that feel like they have sand in them when you press the reset button in. The ones with rounded buttons and operate smoothly seem to have a lot less defective units.

Wish I could be more descriptive by offering a name brand...:(

PaliBob 01-11-2009 11:58 PM


Originally Posted by brokenhammer (Post 211316)
Is everyone else experiencing a lot of GFI's going bad?....

I've replaced two in the last five years, Both were on outside decks and mounted in old boxes cut into the original outside stucco walls. I suspect from the weathered appearance of the Leviton white GFCI's that water had leaked into the box.

GFCI's have a zero tolerance for water. Besides the 8 pin GFCI chip there are a number of discrete components that can fail in damp locations.

See schematic on sheet 7 of pdf:
UTC LM1851


rgsgww 01-12-2009 07:30 AM

Depends on location, a regular gfi cannot be used outside.

I like Pass & Seymour, Cooper wiring devices and Levition. They cost more but seem pretty sturdy.

wirenut1110 01-12-2009 07:37 AM

I'll second Pass & Seymour:thumbsup:

Gigs 01-12-2009 07:42 AM

I have a several "builder grade" GFCIs in my 9 year old house that I've had to replace. You get what you pay for.

PaliBob 01-12-2009 10:30 AM

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Pass & Seymour has the the coolest devices.

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