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jubileee

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GFI tripping in bathroom---Fixed
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:22:42 PM »
For the last 5 or 6 yrs. the bathroom gfi in the old Bounder has been tripping for no rhyme or reason. Might trip 3-4 times a day or might not trip for a week. Replaced gfi to no avail. Dug around in the wiring inside the mh, nothing. Finally just plugged night light in gfi so you could tell at a glance if tripped or not. ( mounted under cabinet, couldn't see light in gfi)
Culprit was outside receptacle. Foam gasket had deteriorated and allowed moisture running down side of unit (dew,rain, ac drain) to moisten accumulated dust and dirt in receptical causing gfi to trip. Had to fab a aluminum plate to weatherproof receptical. Just returned from 3 week trip, no gfi tripping.
I'm electrically challenged and it never occurred to me that the outside recepticals were tied to the gfi in bathroom.
My experience might be common knowledge, but might help someone.
The thing I don't understand, is to the best of my knowledge, the gfi nearly always reset first time. But, then I never knew for sure how long it had been tripped and had a chance to dry.

muskoka guy

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Re: GFI tripping in bathroom---Fixed
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 07:20:38 PM »
Posts like this one are what make the forum work. Thanks for the input. Cheers

HappyWanderer

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Re: GFI tripping in bathroom---Fixed
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 08:39:11 PM »
My refrigerator outlet is usually the culprit. If I get overzealous washing the roof, water will get in through the vent and soak the outlet. It took me forever to find it the first time, now I'm in the habit of unplugging the cord and blowing out the receptacle whenever I wash the roof.
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Rene T

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Re: GFI tripping in bathroom---Fixed
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 09:24:41 PM »
My refrigerator outlet is usually the culprit. If I get overzealous washing the roof, water will get in through the vent and soak the outlet. It took me forever to find it the first time, now I'm in the habit of unplugging the cord and blowing out the receptacle whenever I wash the roof.

Why not build some type of roof out of thick plastic over the receptacle to deflect the water.  Just a thought.
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HappyWanderer

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Re: GFI tripping in bathroom---Fixed
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 08:46:30 PM »
Why not build some type of roof out of thick plastic over the receptacle to deflect the water.  Just a thought.

Honestly, I never thought of it. Hey, thanks for making my Honey-Do list just a little longer.
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Re: GFI tripping in bathroom---Fixed
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 05:27:34 PM »
I had a ice maker line that had a leak and every time it would fill the ice, it would squirt towards the outlet and trip the GFI. Took a while to figure that one out.

 

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