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Old 11-28-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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GFCI wearing out?

I have a GFCI outlet in our bathroom that was recently remodeled. The outlet is new, and over the last 6 months, it has seen constant daily use from my wife and i plugging in and removing things (hair dryer, electric razor, etc).

It seems like the plug gets harder and harder to push in/remove as time goes on, like there is more resistance. I havent had this issue before, but do outlets corrode or wear out?

a) is it a problem b)is there a solution other than replacing the outlet?


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Old 11-28-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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GFCI wearing out?

Possible cheap GFCI. Replace with commercial grade (ie Leviton Pro series).


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Old 11-28-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Receptacles can degrade over time, but 6 months seems excessive. Typically they would loose the spring tension and become looser, not tighter.

Perhaps the device is not mounted tightly to the box.
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