Time to Test Your GFCI Outlets

Sep 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Tips & Tricks & Handy Advice

Test your gfci outlets | The Sahuarita ConnectionHome inspectors frequently discover that GFCI outlets aren’t functioning. Since most people only have home inspections when they are buying or selling homes, you should plan to test them yourself at least a few times a year.

Electrical outlets in your bathroom, kitchen and sometimes in the laundry room and garage that have push-in buttons in the middle are called Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). GFCI’s are electrical safety devices used in areas where electricity might come in contact with water, like around sinks and fountains. The GFCI automatically shuts the circuit off if it detects that electricity sent to and returning from an electrical appliance is unequal. The GFCI shut-off prevents shock to you or damage to an appliance. It is super easy to test your GFCI outlets, so follow these steps TODAY:

1.    Plug a light or hair dryer into the GFCI outlet and then turn it on.
2.    Press the TEST button that’s in the center of the GFCI. The appliance plugged into the GFCI should shut off.
3. Press the RESET button. The appliance should come back on.
4.    Keep in mind that sometimes one bathroom is wired from another bathroom’s GFCI, so you may have to reset the GFCI from that bathroom. If you do discover that a GFCI outlet isn’t working, a licensed electrician can easily repair it.