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Old 07-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #15
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i think the fridge is also on the gfci line. one humid night i had a problem from that outlet. it was sweaty in there between the cool evening air cooling the outsde skin and the warm fridge.

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #16
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I have replaced the GFIC breaker. The old one had been in the Square D box for 27 years. I just replaced it since I could not test it. I paid about $60 for it.

I also replaced the outside water tight outlet. I think this is the culprit causing my problem. I found the old plastic outlet was cracked, and the lid gaskets quite compressed. I can see where moisture could migrate and "short" between neutral and ground.

So I will run with the new GFI breaker and the new outside water tight outlet with new gaskets. It hasn't rained here since July 13. I will check the GFI at the next significant rainfall.

Thanks again for your help.

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Old 07-26-2013, 06:10 PM   #17
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You have done well,grasshopper. The thing about a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt is that ONLY 1/10,000 of an amp draw to ground is required to kick it. That ain't much. Live long and prosper.
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:10 PM   #18
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I was having this problem also recently. Replaced the GFCI breaker to no avail. I finally replaced all of the outlets with GFIC outlets, and got rid of the GFIC breaker (replaced with standard breaker). All works well now. I believe there was a bit of "ghost current" at the one for the fridge.

Thanks everyone for your contributions.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:20 AM   #19
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I never finished my story on the tripping GFI. We had a rainy night while on our trip to Oregon last September. My new GFI breaker wad tripped and would not reset. I borrowed my wife's hair dryer and began systemically drying each of the six outlets on this GFI circuit; outside, fridge, bathroom, etc. The last one I dried out caused the GFI breaker to stay set! Bingo! It was the outlet under the rear bedroom window.

I found water in the rear window frame with a clear path inside. I got out my trusty Acryl R and sealed seams around the window frame and end cap. I also cleaned and inspected the window gaskets. I suspect one of my rear clearance lights was leaking too. All sealed up now.

We had another rain event on our trip and the GFI did not trip, although it was not a heavy downpour. The bottom line is a rear window area leak was dampening the 120v outlet in the bedroom causing the GFI to work exactly as it is designed to work.


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