What is a GFCI device or breaker?
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. When the GFCI detects any slight increase in resistance resulting from ground fault, the device trips off to protect you.
What is the difference between the red and black buttons on my GFCI outlet?
The black button is a test button. It disables the outlet and any other outlet fed from it. The red button is the reset button. It resets the outlet/outlets if they have been disabled due to a test or fault.
Can I plug my toaster and coffee pot into the same kitchen outlet?
Yes. However, if the two loads exceed 20 amps, the GFCI will trip off. If this happens, just plug one of the appliances into a different outlet.
Do I need Ground fault circuit interrupters in my garage?
Yes, they are required in garages, kitchens, bathrooms, outside, pools, hot tubs and any other area where someone might receive an electric shock.
My refrigerator or freezer in my garage keeps going off?
The outlets in your garage are GFCI protected. They cannot handle the heavy load created by refrigeration equipment. If the GFCI senses a fault, it trips off. To fix this problem, you must replace the GFCI outlet with a dedicated, non-GFCI circuit that is up to code.