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Non working outlets, not surprisingly, are the number one calls I get. I try to explain if the outlets are in the garage, outside the home, in kitchens or bathrooms that it is a good chance the GFCI outlet is tripped and needs to be reset.

Houses did not start requiring GFCI protection until the 70’s and the areas requiring protection have been expanding ever since. In many locations even if your house was built before the 70’s many areas of the country require the areas listed above to be GFCI protected before the sale of the home.

Finding the GFCI is usually the hardest part of resetting them. Here is a picture of a GFCI outlet,
GFCI outletyour outlet may have red and black buttons but they work the same way. Don’t be afraid to touch the buttons, the manufacturers say you should test these outlets once a month. So whether you think it needs to be reset or not just go ahead and push the button that says test. When GFCI tests the reset button should pop out a little, push the reset button in firmly ,sometimes this can be tough, it should hold if the GFCI resets, unless there is a problem down the line.

When I say ‘down the line’ GFCI outlets can protect more then just themselves, one outlet in the garage may protect all your outside outlets. If there is a problem down the line it may be time to call the electrician. Some of the reasons I’ve seen GFCI outlets or breakers trip are; its raining outside and the outside covers are bad; the sprinkler system is spraying directly into an outlet; something plugged into one of the outlets is not GFCI compatible.

Hopefully you can find and reset your GFCI without an issue, good luck.

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