GFCI

Originally Posted By: abishop
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I did an inspection the other day and one exterior and one kitchen GFCI functioned electrically but did not TRIP. Can someone explain why? Wired backwards? They are on seperate circuits.


Thanks



Andy Bishop


Bishop Home Inspection, LLC.


bishophomeinspection@charter.net


269-686-6485

Originally Posted By: dedwards
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Having not been there to see for myself it is only an educated guess but I believe the GFCI were probably just old, and the protective quality were no longer functioning. It is not unusual to find faulty GFCI receptacles that function electrically as an outlet but fail any and all tests as a ground fault protection device. I just did a new construction home where one of the kitchen’s small appliance circuits GFCI was faulty right out of the box. I read somewhere that approx. 15% come from the factory non-functioning. Write it up as faulty. If it does not work as designed it doesn’t work, period. It helps to know HOW things work but it not always possible to determine WHY it may not be working. Our primary job is to report discrepancies, safety issues and obvious damages, any further than that and we are in danger of getting into the troubleshooting arena and doing the job of a trade specialist. Hope that helps


Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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Sounds like the classic wired backward to me. A down stream outlet (connected to the “line”) would be open. Unfortunately the internal receptacle is still on the hot “load” side when it is wired backward.


The new U/L standard will not let the GFCI reset if it is backward.


Originally Posted By: abishop
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THanks guys. That is what i wanted to hear.



Andy Bishop


Bishop Home Inspection, LLC.


bishophomeinspection@charter.net


269-686-6485