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Old 12-12-2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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Excuse me b/c I clueless with electrical- my apologies

Here is the situation
We just had a porch put on and a double receptical outlet was installed. It has what I believe to be a two switches that pop in and out called a GFI for grounding purposes.

Well I unplugged my an exterior extension cord to put in a new timer for my xmas lights in. The timer didn't work so I popped the GFI??? switch and now it's stuck. I don't get any power at all out of the outlet.

Any suggestions???????????????

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Press the reset button, if the device does not reset, make sure no breakers are tripped.

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Try to reset, if its stuck, check breakers. If any are tripped, turn the breaker to the off position and then to the on. Try to reset the gfci. If its still stuck, might be dead. They sometimes die.
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The newer GFCI receptacles will not allow reset if the device is defective, or if it is mis-wired.
Also, when you check your breakers, the handle may not be in the OFF position if it has tripped. You will know which one is tripped when you try to move them to the OFF position. The one that moves very easily was tripped.

Don't ignore the possibility that you have a true ground fault, and that the GFCI is just doing it's job.
Check for downstream receptacles or other devices that are wired to the LOAD terminals of the GFCI. If there is a fault anywhere on the protected circuit, the GFCI will not reset.
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did/would water freezing in there possible cause the problem? If so, maybe use a hair dryer to try to thaw the ice.
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did/would water freezing in there possible cause the problem? If so, maybe use a hair dryer to try to thaw the ice.
Uh, I think that if water has gotten into the GFCI and frozen, it is time to change the GFCI, and upgrade it's enclosure so water cannot get inside again.
Remember, ice expands when it freezes, therefore it is likely that ice inside a piece of electrical equipment such as a GFCI receptacle will cause damage.

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