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Old 02-10-2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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GFI circut beraker

Is it possible for a GFI circut breaker to wear out. I have one that keeps tripping. I have tested all the circuts on it with a circut tester and all is ok no grounds or leakage. It is 20A circut mostly bathroom (lights 3, plugs), kitchen pulgs. It always the GFI that trips not the breaker?

Also I found that the plugs in the bathroom, are also GFI plugs and they are on a GFI circut, (house came this way) seems strange can this cause the problem?

Bryce M.

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Old 02-10-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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Yes, GFI's feeding other GFI's can cause problems.

GFI's trip because there is a imbalance in the outgoing current vs the returning current. Regular breakers trip due to too much current flow. They are completely different animals.

Remove all the things plugged into the circuit and see if the GFI resets. One plug in one thing at a time to see which item causes the problem.

Your kitchen receptacles should not be on the same circuit as the bathroom. When was your house built?

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Old 02-10-2008, 11:44 AM   #3
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House was built in late 70"s and for I have found many things that are not at code, like running a line behind base molding to add a new plug. I found this when I was remodling the bathroom so this was corrected. Straneg thing on this si that it trip[s when nothing is being used!
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