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Outdoor GFI Plugs - Trips the Breaker

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Posted by: from Edmonton
8/3/2019 at 11:41:33 AM

I have a pond in the backyard and plugging into the back wall plug and adding anything to the power bar in the shed trips the gfi plug at the front- which would be better to do get a better gfi wall plug for the back too or upgrading the power bar in the shed-not sure what to do?

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Date/Time8/3/2019 at 4:54:04 PM

When the GFCI trips, it means there is a fault. The answer is to find the fault and fix or eliminate the fault. The fault could be the power bar or what you are plugging into it. Generally if the GFCI receptacle is faulty they will not reset, so I believe that the issue is what you are plugging in and not the circuit itself.

Cheers

John Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time8/3/2019 at 5:50:29 PM

It possible that you have a faulty GFCI, but it's more likely you have too many items plugged into the 15A circuit. You most likely need to do some interior rewiring on that exterior circuit, or install a new 15A circuit.

Regards,

Marcello

647-927-5483

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Date/Time8/5/2019 at 11:46:53 AM

GFCI receptacle only trips when there is ground fault. You need to identify the load you're adding to the circuit that causes the GFI to trip. Add the loads 1 by 1 and you will be able to find which load you're adding causing the trip. The loads you mentioned are all pretty much small loads that don't draw too much power. It's just a matter of figuring which load is causing the trip and isolate it and you're back in action.

When the GFCI trips, it means there is a ground fault. The answer is to find the fault and fix or eliminate the fault. The fault could be the power bar or what you are plugging into it. Generally if the GFCI receptacle is faulty they will not reset, so I believe that the issue is what you are plugging in and not the circuit itself.

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