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Breaker in house was tripped, when I reset it the breaker

Customer Question

breaker in house was tripped, when I reset it the breaker box mad a funny noise. I went out side and saw that the GFI box was smoking
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: just today
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: If it simply changing an outlet I can do that
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: outlet is 15 years old
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 7 months ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) Turn the circuit breaker to the OFF position.

2) Back the GFCI out from the wall box to perform a visual inspection. Any loose wires in the box or at the GFCI?

3) Does the GFCI contain any signs of burnt marks or melting on the GFCI face or brunt marks at the screw terminals?

4) Does the GFCI have 2 LOAD wires terminated to it or only the 2 LINE side wires?

5) Do you have a 2 wire lead AC voltage tester or a multimeter to take some voltage measurements?