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paintdrying 02-15-2013 09:31 AM

Gfci breaker not resetting
 
I have a gfci breaker that is wired to three different bathrooms. The circuit feeds only the receptacles. I push the test button the breaker flips to the off position. I wait a few minutes and it will not flip back on. It is jammed. I will then hit the main and then the gfci breaker will allow me to flip it to the on position. Is this normal operation? It never trips on its own, have had no trouble with it in the last 35 years. This was the first time I actually hit the test button so I have no idea what normal is.

J. V. 02-15-2013 10:54 AM

The breaker should trip on test and reset with the handle. If it does not do that, it should be replaced.

TarheelTerp 02-15-2013 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1117627)
I have a gfci breaker that is wired to three different bathrooms.
The circuit feeds only the receptacles.
I pushed the test button the breaker flips to the off position.

It never trips on its own, have had no trouble with it in the last 35 years.
This was the first time I actually hit the test button so I have no idea what normal is.

I wait a few minutes and it will not flip back on. It is jammed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by JV
The breaker should trip on test and reset with the handle.
If it does not do that, it should be replaced.

Still... be prepared to have a fault to deal with too.

RAUL HIDALGO 02-15-2013 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1117627)
I have a gfci breaker that is wired to three different bathrooms. The circuit feeds only the receptacles. I push the test button the breaker flips to the off position. I wait a few minutes and it will not flip back on. It is jammed. I will then hit the main and then the gfci breaker will allow me to flip it to the on position. Is this normal operation? It never trips on its own, have had no trouble with it in the last 35 years. This was the first time I actually hit the test button so I have no idea what normal is.

I would say that there's a neutral to ground fault somewhere gfci are really sensitive to this kind of faults and to Me it seems like the gfci is working properly

Kyle_in_rure 02-15-2013 01:03 PM

What brand of breaker do you have?
Did you try moving it to "extreme" off before resetting?
Some of these breakers have move into a "mid-position" when they trip.


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