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Old 07-08-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have a GFCI circuit that is giving me fits. The entire series of wall plugs went dead, and the GFCI would not reset. I wrongly assumes that the GFCI outlet was bad, and repalced it. There is a green light that illuminates on the new GFCI outlet, so it is getting power from somewhere, but the plugs are still dead - including the GFCI plug. I am really confused as to what is going on. ANy ideas?

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Some GFCI outlets illuminate when it is tripped, so that seems normal to have a light lit, while no power at the outlets.

I would first disconnect the load wires, and see if the unit will reset, and at least power up at the GFCI outlet itself.

From there, connect your downstream outlets back into the circuit, one at a time. This will help isolate where the problem(s) may be, so repairs can be made.

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Some GFCI outlets illuminate when it is tripped, so that seems normal to have a light lit, while no power at the outlets.
Seems odd that a green light would indicate a tripped GFCI. A red light yes?
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Depends on the manufacturer. I have one that lights Amber when tripped. One that shows Green when active, but no light when tripped. One out in the garage is Red when tripped, but no led when active & working. Again, depends on the manufacturer. Most of mine are Leviton's, but the one in the bath is a Paslode Pro-series.
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I have a GFCI circuit that is giving me fits. The entire series of wall plugs went dead, and the GFCI would not reset. I wrongly assumes that the GFCI outlet was bad, and repalced it. There is a green light that illuminates on the new GFCI outlet, so it is getting power from somewhere, but the plugs are still dead - including the GFCI plug. I am really confused as to what is going on. ANy ideas?

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It may protect an outside receptacle downstream. Check and make sure no water is getting into the box. Also verify the line (in) and load (out) are wired correctly.
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It may protect an outside receptacle downstream. Check and make sure no water is getting into the box. Also verify the line (in) and load (out) are wired correctly.
I and probably everyone else, wants to know how you deduced that, just from a couple of sentences that the OP typed out in their request. You have no way of telling what the problem is, same with everyone else here that is throwing ideas out, and places to check to find out.

The way you find out what the problem is, is by using a six step way of solving the issue. And due to no one is there to see what the problem is, we all have to go by what little they have given. IT is the same way that a police detective solves a crime.
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I and probably everyone else, wants to know how you deduced that, just from a couple of sentences that the OP typed out in their request. You have no way of telling what the problem is, same with everyone else here that is throwing ideas out, and places to check to find out.

The way you find out what the problem is, is by using a six step way of solving the issue. And due to no one is there to see what the problem is, we all have to go by what little they have given. IT is the same way that a police detective solves a crime.
It was a thought and a suggestion based on my own experiences. Notice I started my sentence with "It may". Thought the purpose of this forum was to help people figure out what the problem is and how to correct it. Guess I am missing something.
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Okay, figured it out. Turns out my head was between my butt cheeks when I installed the new GFCI. I reversed the input leads.

A bit embarrassing for sure, but I have a feeling that this has happened to many people many times before me.

The lesson learned here - Always double check your work.
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It may protect an outside receptacle downstream. Check and make sure no water is getting into the box. Also verify the line (in) and load (out) are wired correctly.


Guess I got lucky.

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