Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to protect you from electrical shock by tripping when there is an imbalance in the electrical current. However, if your GFCI outlet keeps tripping on its own, it can be frustrating and potentially dangerous.


Why a GFCI Trips on its Own

A GFCI outlet offers more protection for your home from appliances overloading a circuit. But sometimes they can stop working. There are many reasons why your GFCI outlet continues to trip on its own. Here, we will examine some of the reasons and discuss some troubleshooting steps to help you identify and fix the problem's cause.


Steps to take to Troubleshoot a Troublesome GFCI Outlet

You need to address GFCI outlet issues as soon as possible to prevent electrical shock and damage to your devices or home. If you are experiencing a tripping GFCI outlet, try these simple troubleshooting steps.

  • Identify Which GFCI Outlet is Tripping

  • Test the GFCI Outlet

  • Check for Water Damage

  • Check the Wiring

  • Check for Overloaded Circuits

  • Call a Professional


Identify Which GFCI Outlet is Tripping

The first step in troubleshooting a GFCI outlet is to find which outlet is tripping. GFCI outlets are usually installed in areas where water is present, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas. Once you have identified the tripping outlet, unplug all the connected devices.


Test the GFCI Outlet

To test a GFCI outlet, press the “TEST” button on the outlet. This should cause the outlet to trip and the "RESET" button to pop out. Press the “RESET” button to restore power to the outlet. If the “RESET” button does not pop out when you press the “TEST” button, the outlet is likely faulty and needs replacing.


Check for Water Damage

Water damage is a common cause of tripping GFCI outlets. Check the outlet and the surrounding area for signs of water damage, such as discoloration or rust. If you find any signs of water damage, the outlet may need to be replaced.


Check the Wiring

Loose or damaged wiring can also cause a GFCI outlet to trip. Check the wiring connections at the outlet and make sure they are secure. If you notice any damage to the wiring, the outlet may need to be replaced.


Check for Overloaded Circuits

Overloaded circuits can cause GFCI outlets to trip. Make sure that the devices connected to the outlet are not drawing too much power. If you have multiple devices connected to the outlet, try unplugging some of them and see if the outlet stops tripping.


Call a Professional

If you have tried all the troubleshooting steps and the outlet continues to trip, it’s time to call a professional electrician. A professional can diagnose the problem and recommend the best solution.


Keep Your GFCI Outlet Working Properly

GFCI outlets are designed to prevent electrocution, injuries, and fires. They are usually required in new home construction and can save the lifespan of your appliances and devices by providing a consistent flow of electricity. Not only that, they can prevent electrical fires and shorts in your home that may damage it.


For all your electrical needs, make an appointment today with the team at Mr. Sparky in Pleasantville. Our trained and licensed technicians will help you choose the best plan of action for your requirements.