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cvp 04-03-2008 09:21 PM

warm GFCI recepticle
 
Is it normal for the ground fault circuit interrupter recepticles to feel warm and sometimes hot, then cool off, only to get warm or hot again.? This has been occuring while I have no major appliances plugged in, the lights are the only things using electricity on this circuit, and it seems to occur while I am at work during the day, when there is virtually no electricity being used

chris75 04-03-2008 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by cvp (Post 113676)
Is it normal for the ground fault circuit interrupter recepticles to feel warm and sometimes hot, then cool off, only to get warm or hot again.? This has been occuring while I have no major appliances plugged in, the lights are the only things using electricity on this circuit, and it seems to occur while I am at work during the day, when there is virtually no electricity being used


If your at work how do you know its happening? :)

IMO, GFI's contain electronics, so they will probably feel warm to the touch.

BigJimmy 04-03-2008 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by cvp (Post 113676)
Is it normal for the ground fault circuit interrupter recepticles to feel warm and sometimes hot, then cool off, only to get warm or hot again.? This has been occuring while I have no major appliances plugged in, the lights are the only things using electricity on this circuit, and it seems to occur while I am at work during the day, when there is virtually no electricity being used

Typically, no receptacle, be it GFCI or not should get hot. If this is the case, I would assume high-resistance connections at the recept.

cvp 04-03-2008 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by chris75 (Post 113685)
If your at work how do you know its happening? :)

IMO, GFI's contain electronics, so they will probably feel warm to the touch.

thank you. I know it is happening while I am at work since when I come home, they are hot or warm. I noticed it after I used my iron,plugged into a different receptacle and the GFCI became hot, not warm but hot.9 hours later the receptacle was still hot even though nothing was plugged into it. I am trying to learn as much as I can as I live in an expensive apartment complex and if this is not normal, I plan to ask the management to send over an electrician. So far they have sent over maintenance men, one who said the GFCI was wired improperly, so he fixed that but then put the GFCI back and I tested it after he left and it did not work, in fact neither worked. The next guy they sent, installed two new GFCI's, but then my light in another room did not work. So he came back and left a note, "sorry, loose wire. All fixed".

chris75 04-03-2008 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by cvp (Post 113696)
thank you. I know it is happening while I am at work since when I come home, they are hot or warm. I noticed it after I used my iron,plugged into a different receptacle and the GFCI became hot, not warm but hot.9 hours later the receptacle was still hot even though nothing was plugged into it. I am trying to learn as much as I can as I live in an expensive apartment complex and if this is not normal, I plan to ask the management to send over an electrician. So far they have sent over maintenance men, one who said the GFCI was wired improperly, so he fixed that but then put the GFCI back and I tested it after he left and it did not work, in fact neither worked. The next guy they sent, installed two new GFCI's, but then my light in another room did not work. So he came back and left a note, "sorry, loose wire. All fixed".


Hot is bad, so keep an eye on them and complain if the problem continues...


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