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Old 02-09-2011, 04:42 AM   #1
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GFI question

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I have been having a problem with no power to 2 outlets in my kitchen and was told to look for a GFI outlet. I did find a GFI outlet and reset it but the 2 outlets in question on the same wall of the kitchen where the GFI outlet is still do not work after I reset it. The GFI outlet is working fine as I have a lamp plugged in there with an extension cord for my microwave oven. I found the circuit breaker in the panel for the GFI outlet and reset that. Again, the GFI went off then came back on after I reset the breaker but the 2 outlets in question still do not have power. What do you think might be the problem? Could the GFI still be malfunctioning? I am not sure what to try to test at this point.

Thanks for any help you can offer.



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Old 02-09-2011, 06:25 AM   #2
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Older house?? Code requires two 20A GFCI protected dedicated circuits for countertop outlets. (1) The outlets in question may not be on the same circuit as your working GFCI, look for another GFCI. (2), They could be on the same circuit, but have a loose wire in the chain, which could ba a hot or neutral anywhere in the chain. (3) Older house may not have two circuits, may share loads with other things, but the culprit could still be a loose connection. Backstab outlets are a continuing problem in older houses. The backstab contacts loosen over time and eventually don't work.


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Old 02-09-2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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do you have any other breakers in the panel for the kitchen??

when you press the TEST button on the GFI, do any other outlets go dead?? I would first, pull the GFI outlet and see if there are wires connected to the LOAD side of it. As mentioned above, there may be a loose wire.

then I would pull the non-working outlets and check for connections and power. Are these splits??

I like to use a pencil tester to check for power...

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