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Some intentional conditions would include places where the neutrals of two circuits are unnecessarily (and improperly) combined in a multi-gang box, or where the neutral for lights of a GFCI-protected 3-way switch system is introduced from somewhere ahead of the GFI you put in. A tripping button, on the other hand, will generally catch hold for a split-second or at least make a mechanical sound when you try to reset. I have found that some of the Leviton GFIs (late 1990's?
) can be tricky to reset fully; if you push that button in more on one side than the other, it may not reset both the hot and neutral contacts; just retrip and try again.
I don't intend this site for giving advice on installation, but many people putting in a combination GFCI-switch device (GFCI outlet plus switch) seem to need help.
One of the wires that comes from the switch part attaches to the (black) wire going to the item to be switched.
Recent GFCI design requirements seem to be making the test button unnecessary: new GFCIs must fail to deliver power if the GFCI becomes incapable of reacting properly to faults. Of course, they can fail in other ways, as when they WON'T run things. Above all, DON'T THINK THE GFCI IS DEFECTIVE WHEN IT KEEPS TRIPPING or will not let itself be reset.
I have come across only two cases of defective tripping.
The other 1% of the time, you actually start to get shocked, and the GFI trips power off. Besides preventing shock, it is also common for a GFCI outlet or GFCI breaker to trip for conditions that might not put you in any danger.
They do not prevent shock altogether, only deadly shock. That is the job of a circuit breaker at the main panel. If you don't know the complication, you won't be looking in the right place to restore power. Besides having to hook a GFI up correctly, anytime you introduce GFI protection onto existing wiring and existing loads, you may find unexpected tripping.
GFI Outlet Diagram -- Hooking Up Is an Unknown GFCI the Cause of an Outage? First, this chart summarizes troubleshooting the health of a GFI receptacle device: NOTE: A brand new GFI comes from the factory in a tripped state and cannot be reset till it is hooked up right and power turned on. When homes are upgraded, PEOPLE OFTEN THINK GFIs NEED TO BE ADDED in bathrooms, kitchens, and elsewhere.
Or a set of kitchen plugs has gone out because of the GFI hiding behind the heavy hutch in the dining room or nook. The point of this is to see if the device is still sensing properly, so as to do its job of stopping electrocutions.
GFIs DON'T HAVE A HIGH RATE OF FAILURE in regard to sensing ground-faults, and when they do fail in this sense, they will still run things (e.g., a hair dryer). If someone added your now-dead GFCI unnecessarily when upgrading, the more original GFCI may have tripped somewhere ahead of this one.