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jyoung1
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Member since May 2010
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Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
So i have 5 outlets outside my house: 2 in garage, 2 on back patio, and 1 on exterior wall of garage, near where breaker is.

I plugged something in one of them, the plug was wet, and when i plugged it in i heard it surge, and now none of the 5 outlets have power.

There doesn’t seem to be dedicated fuse in breaker box (none of them were tripped) and I turned them all off/on just to double check.

One of the outlets is gfci (it’s in garage) and the light isn’t on and resetting it doesn’t do anything. And you know how on normal gfci you can press test button and it clicks, well when u press test button it just kinda bottoms out, no click.

Can anyone help?

ETA: I know next to nothing about electrical, but figure it’s something simple.

ETA2: the outlet i plugged into wasn’t the gfci one, and none of the other outlets had anything plugged into it.
This post was edited on 7/21 at 11:23 pm


spiderman
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
Change the gfci out.


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mtcheral
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
Sounds like you blew the outlets. Replace them.


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kengel2
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
spiderman nailed.

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One of the outlets is gfci (it’s in garage) and the light isn’t on and resetting it doesn’t do anything. And you know how on normal gfci you can press test button and it clicks, well when u press test button it just kinda bottoms out, no click.



Its bad.


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Perrydawg
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
Had the same issue in my garage. Came out and the freezer wasn’t running. Checked the breaker and it was not tripped. Went to the GFCI and went to reset it and it tripped again. I unglued everything F off the circuit and reset and GFCI tripped. Changed out the GFCI and haven’t had an issue since. I did get one that makes an alarm sound so if it trips and I am home, i can reset it before the freezer thaws out.

Make sure you match the amperage of the GFCI to the circuit breaker. If circuit breaker is 15 amps the you need to use a 15 amp GFCI. You can go under the the rated load of the circuit breaker, but no over. Which means you can use a 15 amp GFCI on a 20 amp circuit but not a 20 amp on a 15 amp circuit per code.


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jyoung1
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Lafayette
Member since May 2010
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
Ok thanks yall, i will replace gfci outlet.

Now, does anyone know which one of these would be my outdoor circuit? Lol






Bayou
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
Which breaker(s) get thrown?


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awestruck
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
You can always get your flashlight ready, throw the main, and change it out.

Then figure out which it was and label it better for next time.


jyoung1
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Lafayette
Member since May 2010
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
True yea, that’s what I’ll do. Thanks.


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kengel2
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re: Outdoor/Garage outlets overload
Probably the carport breaker.

No need to throw the main. Use a multimeter or a non contact voltsge tester.

LINK


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