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  1. snow

    snow Guest

    My GFI outlet in the bathroom won't work after a power outage. After I got
    power back....(outside loss of power issue caused one leg of power to go to
    low voltage)...I reset the GFI button and the bathroom mirror lights quickly
    flicked but then no power at all. I checked the circuit breakers in the
    cellar and all seem fine. Did I somehow blow the GFI when I lost power and
    reset it? Or is something else going on? Is it easy to replace the GFI
    switch with all power turned off? Any info appreciated.
     
  2. TimPerry

    TimPerry Guest

    no: most likely it was damaged by a 'surge' when the power failed.

    some sort of fault in the light fixture is possible in which case a new GFI
    will behave the same.
    usually it is no harder than changing a wall outlet... it just costs a bit
    more for the part
     
  3. SQLit

    SQLit Guest

    Have you tested the circuit?

    Just how would you think a news group would help with this question.

    Replace the GFCI and see if that fixes it.
     
  4. Pop

    Pop Guest

    : My GFI outlet in the bathroom won't work after a power outage.
    After I got
    : power back....(outside loss of power issue caused one leg of
    power to go to
    : low voltage)...I reset the GFI button and the bathroom mirror
    lights quickly
    : flicked but then no power at all. I checked the circuit
    breakers in the
    : cellar and all seem fine. Did I somehow blow the GFI when I
    lost power and
    : reset it? Or is something else going on? Is it easy to replace
    the GFI
    : switch with all power turned off? Any info appreciated.
    :
    :
    I think I'd change the GFCI; sounds like surge damaged it or
    something. If you change it and a new one acts the same way,
    then something else in the ckt was damaged, but it's mostly
    likely the GFCI, IMO.

    As long as, by "all power turned off" you mean the ckt breaker
    that feeds the GFCI, yes, it's fairly "safe" to do but ... if you
    don't know how to tell if wires are energized or not, I think
    you'd better refer it to someone who does know. There is likely
    a wire that will remain hot in the GFCI box until you open the
    ckt breaker, so ... you can't just dig into the box where it's
    located safely.

    HTH,

    Pop
     
  5. Pop

    Pop Guest

    :
    : : > My GFI outlet in the bathroom won't work after a power
    outage. After I got
    : > power back....(outside loss of power issue caused one leg of
    power to go
    : to
    : > low voltage)...I reset the GFI button and the bathroom mirror
    lights
    : quickly
    : > flicked but then no power at all. I checked the circuit
    breakers in the
    : > cellar and all seem fine. Did I somehow blow the GFI when I
    lost power and
    : > reset it? Or is something else going on? Is it easy to
    replace the GFI
    : > switch with all power turned off? Any info appreciated.
    : >
    :
    : Have you tested the circuit?

    Have YOU read the post?
    :
    : Just how would you think a news group would help with this
    question.

    Probably "just like" most others asking Q's about GFCI's. Having
    a bad night?
    :
    : Replace the GFCI and see if that fixes it.
    :
    :
     
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