gfi not reseting

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by bbxrider, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. bbxrider

    bbxrider New Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    while power washing some over spray hit an outdoor gfi receptacle, causing it to trip
    it has now been a day and lots of sun on the gfi recp and it still won't reset.
    its not the circuit, the breaker is not popped and final proof is there are other loads upstream of the gfi that are working.
    can a gfi get completely fried from brief direct water contact?
    thanks, bob
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2007
  2. Furd

    Furd Engineer

    Jul 3, 2007
    Retired energy systems engineer
    Wet side of Washington State
    Yes. Replace the GFCI receptacle and add a weatherproof cover.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Your cell phone would be, why not a GFCI which has similar circuitry.
  5. bbxrider

    bbxrider New Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    getting new gfi

    thanks for the replies, will replace
    but must say i'm surprised to hear a gfi is as 'fragile' as a cell phone
    since they are typically put in positions where they could be near active
    water use, baths and kitchens, i would have thought they have
    some protection against an occasional, and light contact with water.
  6. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    Try drying it out with a hair dryer, if this GFCI was located outdoors, and I'm assuming it was due to the power washing and water, it should have been covered by an approved waterproof receptacle cover.

  7. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    I found that out the hard way. Was visiting friends in the Wetmore Valley of Colorado. They weren't home when I got there and my cell phone was running out of power. They had an outdoor receptacle, so I started charging my phone--and promptly forgot about it. At some point, it rained. My charger burned up, and my battery could no longer hold a charge after that. Thank goodness, I was ready to renew my contract with Verizon. :eek:

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