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Hialeahn 03-04-2010 11:50 AM

Gfci receptacles wire continuity test
 
Hello,

2 neighbor GFCI recptacles in mi kitchen are controlled by different breakers. Both of them are of the tripping kind but one of them does not tripp. I don't know whether it is because the tripping mechanism is stuck or simply, it was set up for not to trip since the very beginning.

In a continuity test between them I found out that there is continutiy for the ground wire. That means that these 2 receptacles are linked by the ground wire.

The question is: there should be ground continuity for them if they do not belong to the same circuit?

Thank you for your answer

Jim Port 03-04-2010 12:04 PM

It would be simpler if you just turned off the one breaker for the GFI and see if the other one goes off also.

All of the circuit grounds should be connected in the panel.

Hialeahn 03-04-2010 12:31 PM

Correction: the 2 receptacles belong to different circuits
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 409454)
Iit would be simpler if you just turned off the one breaker for the GFI and see if the other one goes off also.

All of the circuit grounds should be connected in the panel.

Thank you for your reply.

Affordable7 03-05-2010 07:38 AM

Of more concern is the fact that your GFCI outlet is not tripping. This usually indicates a miswire...ie...load and line wires reversed. This is a very important safety feature anywhere near water....that these pop when an appliance or electricity would be discharged into you rather than it's intended path. Line is the side of a GFCI where the electricity or hot wires are coming in....Load is the side where the normal travel wire is then energized by electricity b/c the GFCI allows it through. Have an electrician look into it for your safety.

kbsparky 03-05-2010 06:52 PM

Or it could be a bad unit. Older units when they go bad simply just won't trip, but they still provide unprotected power at the receptacle.


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