In your home, there are most definitely several GFCI outlets that are there to keep your home safe. These outlets have safety features built into them and are required in areas that have a lot of moisture like the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms of your home. They are also the type of outlet you would see outdoors on your home. There are some problems that can arise with these outlets though and it is important to know what is the cause. Burley Electrical Services is here to talk about GFCI problems and what causes them.
Why Does My GFCI Make a Buzzing Sound?
If you have a GFCI outlet that is making a buzzing noise, it may make you wonder whether or not this is dangerous. If it has been a long time since you have reset your GFCI outlets, it may be time to do this. You can do this by pressing the reset button located on the GFCI outlet. If the buzzing doesn’t go away, it could be a more serious issue that will require the help of a professional.
Plug Won’t Stay in a GFCI Outlet
It can be frustrating when plugs won’t stay plugged into an outlet because they don’t fit tight enough. This can happen with a GFCI outlet just like any other. If your outlet isn’t allowing them to plug in at all, it is probably because the tamper-resistant covers in the outlet that are designed to keep debris out of them are stuck. If your outlet is new, this should get better with time. Before checking your outlet for these issues, you need to make sure the power is shut off to it.
GFCI Outlet Keeps Tripping
Anytime there is a fault in the circuit of your GFCI outlet, it is designed to trip for your safety. However, this problem could be a result of a bigger problem on your hands. If there is water trapped in the outlet, it can cause this problem. You may also have a problem with your wiring system as a whole or an outdated appliance that is connected to that circuit and causing problems. It is probably a serious enough issue that a professional electrician should come and take a look at it though. If the outlet is tripping without anything plugged in, it could be a bad outlet that needs replaced or a serious wiring issue in your home.
Can a GFCI Outlet Go Bad?
There are many metal parts that are in a GFCI outlet, so yes, it can go bad and need replacing. All outlets in your home will eventually need to be replaced for newer ones. They should last 20-30 years before this happens though if you aren’t abusing them in some way.
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If you’re having issues with your GFCI outlet, you can turn to Burley Electrical Services to help you get the problem fixed. We will be able to diagnose the problem and come up with a solution that will ensure your home wiring system is safe. Call us today!