GFCI Protection

Your home is protected with multiple GFCI (GFI) devices. They are required by code in certain areas where water could become a hazard. 1 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 usually is not the device itself.


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/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 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 basement:
  • There is 1general 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.

In the garage:
  • There is 1 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 bathroom:
  • There is1 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.

Outside outlets:

  • Outside outlets are protected by a GFI in the basement. See "In the Basement" Above.


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.


 
  

          

 GFI breaker       
(make sure breaker is turned completely off before turning back on)    

  


Typical GFI Device

(there is a test and reset button, be careful don't confuse them as the test button will trip the GFI off. If the GFI is tripped (off), the reset button will be Popped out and need pushed back in)

Typical "Faceless" GFI



GFI Reset procedure:

If the GFI is not resetting: Unplug any items that it may be protecting and attempt to reset it again. If it holds than you have an issue with one of the items you had plugged in. If it still doesn't reset, make sure it has power (circuit breaker/switch is on) try again. If it still doesn't reset consult a professional.