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Old 11-28-2011, 04:04 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, 04:18 PM   #2
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Possible cheap GFCI. Replace with commercial grade (ie Leviton Pro series).


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Old 11-28-2011, 06:41 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.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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