GFCI Protection Overview

Your home is protected with multiple GFCI (GFI) devices. They are required by code in certain areas where water could become a hazard. One GFI device often will protect other outlets. GFI devices trip from time to time and typically you can simply just reset them.  If the GFI doesn’t reset check out the simple GFI reset procedure below. Remember GFI’s trip because something causes them to. It’s usually is not the device itself.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLIANCES SUCH AS HUMIDIFIERS, REFRIGERATORS, FREEZERS, TREADMILLS, AND SIMILAR ITEMS SHOULD HAVE THERE OWN CIRCUIT. THESE ITEMS SHOULD NOT BE PLUGGED INTO THE GENERAL PURPOSE OUTLETS.  THE MANUALS FOR THESE ITEMS TYPICALLY RECOMMEND DEDICATED CIRCUITS AS WELL.

In the kitchen:

The breaker in the panel is also the GFI protection device.  This would be items labeled in the panel such as kitchen 1 or kitchen 2, Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave and sometimes Refrigerator (when required). Please note: the kitchen counter top and wall outlets are labeled kitchen 1 and kitchen 2, these may also be combined with dining and dinette.

In the garage:

There is one GFI device that protects the wall outlets that are inside the garage only. (this GFI does NOT not protect outlets outside the garage)

There is a “faceless” GFI that protects the POST light. IF your post light has a switch IT WILL NEED TO BE ON for the GFI to reset. 

In the laundry:

The washer breaker is also the GFI protection. Any additional outlets in the laundry will be on with the washer circuit. (The 220v dryer is not GFI).

In the bathroom:

There is one GFI located in one of the bathrooms. It protects all of the BATHROOM outlets. It does not affect the bathroom lights.

If you have a whirlpool there will be a “faceless” GFI to protect the whirlpool circuit.

In the basement:

There is one general purpose GFI (usually on the stairway wall) it protects the outside outlets and any additional basement outlets you may have purchased.

There is 1 GFI near the panel for security, cable modems, etc. this is the only device on the circuit

There may be another GFI on the sump pump circuit next to the sump pump outlet for general purpose use. This GFI doesn’t affect other outlets in the home. You should only plug the sump pump into the provided single outlet, do not plug the sump pump into the GFI.

Outside outlets:

Outside outlets are protected by a GFI in the basement. See “In the Basement” Above.