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Old 08-23-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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testing GFCI turns off another outlet.


I have a GFCI in my bathroom and when I press “test” the actual GFCI does not turn of like it should. However, an out let in the bedroom on the other side of the wall does shut off. When I press “reset” the GFCI stays the same, and the outlet in the bedroom turns back on. What is going on?

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I have a GFCI in my bathroom and when I press “test” the actual GFCI does not turn of like it should. However, an out let in the bedroom on the other side of the wall does shut off. When I press “reset” the GFCI stays the same, and the outlet in the bedroom turns back on. What is going on?
It could be they switched line and load on the GFCI. Newer GFCI's don't allow this but maybe you have an older one.

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testing GFCI turns off another outlet.


probabaly the wires on the back of the gfci are backwards.

Line (power in) wires on Load (power out to bedroom) terminals
+ Load wires on Line terminals

= load still protected, but actual gfci receptacle not protected.

reverse where the wires go into the back of the gfci, or if you dont want that bedroom receptacle gfci protected, move the wires from the load terminal to the line terminals and leave the existing wires on the line terminals in place
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