||03-24-2011 11:13 AM
GFI Breaker Won't Trip with tester
I recently built a pole barn.
I have 3 Square D QO 20amp GFCI breakers installed with 8 to 10 outlets on each one.
The Breaker will trip with the test button on the breaker. It will not trip if I use a tester in the outlet. The tester shows that the outlets are all wired correctly.
I even tried taking my wiggys and touch from hot to ground. and still no tripping. I was told this will always cause it to trip.
I disconnected one circuit from the breaker and tried the same test in the panel. with the gfi pigtail to the neutral bar and the neutral to the neutral bar and the wiggy from the hot to the neutral bar. That finally tripped it. Obviously the circuit is no good like that to use because it can't handle a load. But it was a sanity check.
All 3 GFI breakers will not trip.
This barn has it's own Meter. I installed 3 ground rods to make sure I have a good ground. I made sure that the green screw to in the neutral bar was in so the panel is grounded.
I have run out of options. I am afraid that it will not pass inspection if the inspector can't walk up and trip it from the outlets. I am also afraid that there is no protection if there is a problem.
I have had a couple electrician friends say not to worry about it if it trips with the test button on the breaker.
I don't want to find out the hard way that it doesn't work.
Is the circuit protected? Will it pass inspection? Does it sound like I have a problem?
Any other ideas to try? I have run out of ideas.
Thanks for any help