GFCI Outlet Won't Reset? Here's Why
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GFCI Outlet Won’t Reset? Here’s Why

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You’ve likely seen them—those electrical outlets with a reset button. These outlets are called ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and they are designed to keep you safe from electrical shocks. That being said, GFCIs can experience issues, just like any other electrical component in your space.

At Randazzo, we urge you to be proactive about your electrical safety—that’s why we’ve put together six common reasons why your GFCI won’t reset.

What are GFCI Outlets?

The main job of a GFCI outlet is to protect you and your household from electrical shocks. Per the electrical code, GFCIs must be installed in areas with a water source, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. 

A simple press of the reset button will reset your power outlet. However, there may be times when your GFCI won’t reset at all.

6 Reasons Your GFCI Won’t Reset

Is your GFCI outlet not working or resetting? Are you asking yourself why your GFCI reset button won’t push in? A GFCI that doesn’t reset is frustrating. After all, you rely on your electrical outlets for daily tasks. If you can’t reset your GFCI outlet, it might be because of one of the reasons below.

1. Bad Connection or Loose Parts

If your GFCI isn’t resetting, a loose connection may be to blame. Troubleshoot your GFCI by turning off the main circuit breaker. Ensure you double-check that no power is being fed to the wires using a voltage pen. Once you’ve done that, tug on a few wires to see if they could be loose or disconnected. If you discover a poor connection behind your GFCI outlet, contact a professional electrician.

2. No Power Supply to Receptacle

Another common reason is a lack of power to the receptacle. Grab a device like a lamp or hair dryer and plug it into the outlet. If the outlet doesn’t supply power to your devices, you might have a tripped circuit breaker on your hands. 

Check your circuit breaker to see if it’s blown. If the breaker is tripped, switch it off and then back on. If a fuse is blown, replace it.

3. Outlet Has Gone Bad

A failed GFCI could be a sign that the outlet has gone bad. This could be due to issues like damage from a power surge, a manufacturing defect, or regular wear and tear. In this case, your best bet is to replace the outlet. 

Instead of replacing the outlet yourself, call an expert technician at Randazzo. The possibility of electrical shock isn’t worth the risk.

4. Power Turned off by Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker could be the culprit of your GFCI issues. A ground fault or electrical leakage may have caused your circuit breaker to shut off your GFCI.

As annoying as this is, your circuit breaker is doing you a favor by protecting you from electrical shock or fire. Check any nearby appliances and wiring for signs of damage.

5. Ground Fault Wiring Issue

A ground fault wiring issue is one of the most common reasons for a failed GFCI. If your GFCI outlet’s reset button doesn’t stay in, you probably have a problem with a ground fault downstream from your outlet. Contact Randazzo, and we’ll send an electrician out to resolve the wiring issue.

6. Improper Installation

Your GFCI issues could all boil down to poor installation. For example, if the rest button doesn’t pop out after pressing the test button, there’s a high chance that something went wrong during the installation process. Reach out to Randazzo and schedule an inspection with one of our experienced electricians.

If troubleshooting a GFCI by yourself sounds like too much trouble, you can schedule an appointment through our easy online scheduler. Get a certified electrician on your property and book a service with the company Southeast Michigan residents trust.

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The Importance of GFCI Outlets

As mentioned, GFCI outlets are required in areas that see a lot of water. This is because a GFCI outlet will automatically shut off if water comes in contact with it. Check out some of the advantages of installing a GFCI outlet in your space.

Prevent Shocks

Electrical shocks can be nasty. GFCI outlets prevent these shocks by detecting overloads and cutting power. This should immediately stop any chance of electrical shock from happening.

Avoid Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are devastating. GFCI outlets help prevent electrical fires through their built-in safeguards, protecting against any electrical leaks that could spark a fire. 

Protect From Surges

Electrical surges can damage your electronics, light fixtures, and even appliances. The GFCI outlet helps protect against surges by cutting the power as soon as it detects one.

Why Randazzo?

Randazzo Heating, Cooling, and Electrical has been committed to keeping Michigan homeowners safe and comfortable since 1988. Our electricians are highly experienced in solving tough electrical problems, no matter how complicated they may seem. 

From wiring and rewiring services to surge protection and inspections, you can count on us for all your electrical needs. Plus, you can feel extra confident in our capabilities thanks to our five-star ratings and A+ BBB rating.

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There’s no reason to fumble with a malfunctioning GFCI when Randazzo is a call away. Our crew is 100% licensed for electrical work, and our Master Electrician is always on staff. We proudly serve the metro Detroit area, including the areas of Macomb, Jackson, St. Clair, and Monroe. Go with the name you know and choose Randazzo for your next electrical service.

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