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    Default Kitchen GFCI query

    Here's a new one for me... 12 yr old house, GFCI located in kitchen. One receptacle on each side of the sink, both tripped the GFCI when tested (which was located about 6 ft away). When the GFCI was tested, it do not trip with either the tester or the test button on the GFCI receptacle. I believe I tested it correctly, but am I missing something here? Shouldn't the GFCI receptacle trip when tested regardless of its location in the kitchen?

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    Default Re: Kitchen GFCI query

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre Coulombe View Post
    Here's a new one for me... 12 yr old house, GFCI located in kitchen. One receptacle on each side of the sink, both tripped the GFCI when tested (which was located about 6 ft away). When the GFCI was tested, it do not trip with either the tester or the test button on the GFCI receptacle. I believe I tested it correctly, but am I missing something here? Shouldn't the GFCI receptacle trip when tested regardless of its location in the kitchen?
    Bonjour Pierre,

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    Sounds to me like the device is improperly wired. Line/Load are probably reversed. The power in should connect to the conductors labeled "Line" and they are probably connected to the "Load" side. As a result, the device will protect downstream outlets, but not itself. I believe the newer GFCI devices will not allow power to any downstream outlets if wired in this manner.

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    Default Re: Kitchen GFCI query

    Merci, Gunnar. That is what I needed to know.
    BTW, no offense taken. Just my Maine roots coming through.


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