||06-15-2010 09:47 PM
GFCI problems...replacing an old one...now tripping.
while remodeling the kitchen we are replacing the old GFCI outlet. We added three can lights on one switch, and a mini can light on a switch, but neither were on when this problem arose. The new GFI is the same 20A size on a 20A circuit. It worked fine for about three weeks, and now it is tripping. It will only stay on for about 4-5 seconds and then it will trip. I've read you can have issues replacing these if you have old wiring (we do). So i tried putting the old one back on, but the same thing happens. The only change i can see is that it has rained quite a bit here...but weve never had any tripping with water problems in the past. Is this a neutral problem?? if so, is there anyway to find out where it is on this circuit? and how do we fix it? The circuit has 2 lights (hallway and laundry room) then goes into the kitchen where it hits the GFCI then goes to one outlet next to it, a switch to the can lights, then the dishwasher and one more outlet and switch to mini can light. I would assume my problem would lie somewhere back behind the gfi (the hallway and laundry?) but im not positive.....Just don't understand how it would work completely fine without tripping once for three weeks, then all of the sudden not be able to stay on. Any help to possible solutions to check would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!