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Your GFCI won’t reset? Here’s what to do

- 9:30 am - March 13th, 2024

A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is a safety feature in your home’s electrical system. These outlets are commonly found in your kitchens and bathrooms, and it can be frustrating and concerning when they don’t work. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can take:


  • Check for moisture damage: GFCI outlets are sensitive to moisture and won’t reset if they’re wet. Check for any signs of water and dry the area thoroughly before you try and reset.
  • Press the reset button: These outlets are equipped with a “reset” button – press down firmly and hold for a few seconds. If that doesn’t work, press the “test” button first, and try the “reset” button again.
  • Test other outlets: If other outlets in the same room or circuit aren’t working, check for tripped breakers. Resetting tripped breakers might not work, and that could indicate a more complex wiring issue.
  • Check for tripped breakers: Tripped breakers in your main electrical panel could be the reason your GFCI outlet isn’t working. If you find one, reset it, and try resetting your GFCI again.
  • Check for loose parts: Connections and screws can become loose over time, which could be the culprit of a faulty GFCI. Tighten the terminal screw and loose wires and try resetting the GFCI again. If wires are loose beyond repair, contact us!


Remember, electrical work can be dangerous. If you’re not comfortable troubleshooting yourself or if none of these steps work, leave it to the pros at E.T. Lawson! We are Virginia Beach’s electrical experts, and our electricians have the tools and expertise needed to solve your electrical problems and protect your home.


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