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I have an electric grill that keeps blowing my GFCI in the ...

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I have an electric grill that keeps blowing my GFCI in the bathroom. I have unplugged everything I think is on that circuit, but it still blows. This started just recently and I am unsure what I need to do. Do I have wiring problems, do I need to call an electrician? Thanks for any help you can give me.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Electrical
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Ok when you say you unplugged everything – does that mean the gfci is still tripping with nothing actually plugged into it?

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes, I unplugged my cordless phone, hair dryer, electric toothbrush. I can push the reset button in and it will stay on for maybe 1-2 minutes. Tough to get a steak grilled!
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There is a good chance that the gfci has gone bad and will need to be replaced. But before going that route, you will need to check a few things first. Now this gfci in all likelihood protects other outlets. You will need to locate these outlets and be sure nothing else is plugged into them as well. Then try the reset button again. If the same symptoms persist – then you most likely have a ground and a neutral wire touching. What will need to happen is that all of your outlets starting from the gfci down – will need to be opened up and checked for this. The outlets I refer to are the ones on the load side of the gfci. Once you find the problem area, all you will need to do is isolate those wires from each other and it will be fine.

Now if this gfci is by itself and not protecting any other outlets, then you will need to replace it.

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