I have a pool light protected by a GFCI receptacle. There is nothing else on the circuit. When I push the test button, the GFCI trips as expected, but it won't reset unless the Light Switch is on. If it's on, it resets as expected and the light works just fine. Is this normal? If not, what is likely the cause?thanks.
Replaced the GFCI receptacle - both the old and the new behave the same way.
Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be glad to assist you. The Switch is ahead of the GFCI. A GFCI wont reset unless it's powered.
That never occurred to me. The receptacle is right beneath the breaker box, so I assumed the switch was after the GFCI. Sure enough, there's no power at the receptacle unless the switch is on! Is there a reason to wire it like this?
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