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DMCM81 01-22-2013 12:55 PM

Wet GFCI
 
I had taken off the cover off my GFCI plug in the restroom and I got it wet it started to smoke now there are more plugs that don't work. So I went it out and bought one just got one that looked alike is there different amp in that type of plug I replaced it there is a light that is one the Plug but on power in the outlets. what could be the problem.

mpoulton 01-22-2013 01:04 PM

You may have it wired wrong. Exactly what wires are in the box, and how are they connected? Pictures would be helpful.

dreamland 01-22-2013 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by DMCM81 (Post 1099448)
I had taken off the cover off my GFCI plug in the restroom and I got it wet it started to smoke now there are more plugs that don't work. So I went it out and bought one just got one that looked alike is there different amp in that type of plug I replaced it there is a light that is one the Plug but on power in the outlets. what could be the problem.

There is different GFCIs. 15 and 20 amp. If your wire is 14 gauge it will be 15 amp. If 12 gauge 20 amp. As for it not coming on; make sure the breaker didn't trip; the GFCI must be reset once power is back up (turn breaker off, install GFCI, turn breaker switch on, reset GFCI.

gregzoll 01-22-2013 07:33 PM

To add to post 3, a 15 amp is commonly used on both 15 & 20 amp circuits. Only time you would use a 20 amp gfci, is someplace where you are going to use 20 amp devices, that have the one horizontal plug. As for the light, depends on the

DMCM81 01-22-2013 09:41 PM

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Ok here is what I have done and what I bought is this correct let me know here is some pics I see the green light on but no power out the plugs

gregzoll 01-22-2013 09:52 PM

Is that Heatshrink or tape all over the wires that I am seeing? You need to find the Line which is hot, hook that to the Line side. As for why you have two sets of wires to the other terminal, that is also what I am curious about. BTW, the instructions tell you what the light will do if you have it connected correctly or incorrect.

I have both Pass & Seymour & Leviton Pro's in my home. The P&S only light up Red when tripped. The Legrands will be green if on and not tripped, or Green if wired incorrectly.

From Leviton's website:

A line-load reversal diagnostic feature is provided which prevents the GFCI from being reset and stops power from being fed to the GFCI receptacle face or through to downstream devices. A green LED indicator on the GFCI's face also illuminates to alert the installer to the line-load wiring reversal.

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/Produ...minisite=10251

rrolleston 01-22-2013 09:54 PM

Have you pushed the test and reset button on the GFCI?

rrolleston 01-22-2013 09:58 PM

Started to replay and had to step out. Now I see you posted pictures what is up with the shrink wrap tubing? Did you connect this the same way the old one was? Do you have a multimeter?

DMCM81 01-22-2013 10:09 PM

Yes it's heat shrink and it was already there but I connected the same way I took off the old one.

DMCM81 01-22-2013 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by DMCM81
Yes it's heat shrink and it was already there but I connected the same way I took off the old one.

There is 3 wires on one side and 3 on there and ground on the bottom

rrolleston 01-22-2013 10:25 PM

You will need a meter to verify that the wires are correct it's possible that the connections on the back of this GFCI are different of maybe a wire got moved around.

DMCM81 01-22-2013 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by rrolleston
You will need a meter to verify that the wires are correct it's possible that the connections on the back of this GFCI are different of maybe a wire got moved around.

Thanks I will have to get one

Gac66610 01-22-2013 10:43 PM

Look at the back of the old GFCI receptacle, you should see a 'LINE' and a 'LOAD'.
Look at the new one you will see the same, only difference is that the line and load will be different, thus green light no power.
For some reason Leviton has changed the 'LINE' and 'LOAD' terminals, so, (no fault of yours) its wired backwards.

DMCM81 01-22-2013 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Gac66610
Look at the back of the old GFCI receptacle, you should see a 'LINE' and a 'LOAD'.
Look at the new one you will see the same, only difference is that the line and load will be different, thus green light no power.
For some reason Leviton has changed the 'LINE' and 'LOAD' terminals, so, (no fault of yours) its wired backwards.

Here is what the old one looks like

Gac66610 01-22-2013 11:05 PM

Yeah, 'LINE' on bottom "LOAD' on top.
I'll bet the new one has "LOAD' on bottom and 'LINE' on top.

Reverse your wires and it should work fine.

Turn power off first :)


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