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Etstorm

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Posted: 01/22/20 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Might also check and be sure there is not another GFCI on the same circuit which is tripped

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For some strange reason, the manufacturers of GFCI swapped the "line" and "load" connections from top to bottom a few years back. So if you hook up the new one exaclty the same as an old one, it would be backwards and dead. Might verify the connections.


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DrewE wrote:

You have power in as much as the lights on the GFCI are illuminating.

A new GFCI wouldn't reset for three possible reasons, provided it does have power:
1. You have a ground fault of some sort downstream. A bit of water in the outdoor outlet would be one quite believable cause for this.
2. You have the line and load connections mixed up (on some models, not all).
3. Very rarely, you got a broken unit from the factory.


add (4) ground and neutral shorted downstream of the GFCI. This will also trip a GFCI.


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ktmrfs wrote:

DrewE wrote:

You have power in as much as the lights on the GFCI are illuminating.

A new GFCI wouldn't reset for three possible reasons, provided it does have power:
1. You have a ground fault of some sort downstream. A bit of water in the outdoor outlet would be one quite believable cause for this.
2. You have the line and load connections mixed up (on some models, not all).
3. Very rarely, you got a broken unit from the factory.


add (4) ground and neutral shorted downstream of the GFCI. This will also trip a GFCI.


That is true. I was considering that to be a form of ground fault, but it's good to call it out separately. It's also not too uncommon to find, particularly when putting in a GFCI where one was not previously there, since such shorts can easily go undetected and don't in themselves cause any problems in an otherwise properly constructed and working electrical system.





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The receptacle behind the refrigerator accessible through the outside refrigerator panel on our MH is also connected to our GFCI. Be sure to check it.


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ENG2242 wrote:

We have had a tremendous amount of rain here, am I correct in assuming that the outlet that is located outside and had a cord plugged into it when it was raining may be the culprit? If not please advise. Thanks so much, David
Yes a damp exterior outlet can allow leakage to ground and trip the GFCI. If you have an air compressor you could try to dry it out some.


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The constant green light suggests it's already "Set" but the flickering red suggests a screw loose.. Many RVers have a few screws loose.. Most take a #2 Square bit (or #2 Phillips) and many can be found in the area of the circuit breakers.. Be sure to unplug before you TIGHTEN EVERY SCREW IN THAT BOX.


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