How to Test a GFCI Outlet
A common question we get is how to test a GFCI outlet.
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet is a life-saving device that helps protect people from electrical shock. These outlets are found in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and other areas where water and electricity may come into contact.
It’s important to test GFCI outlets regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. In this blog post, we will show you how to test a GFCI outlet using a simple multimeter.
How to test a GFCI outlet
Testing a GFCI outlet is an important part of ensuring your home’s safety and should be done at least annually.
Here are the steps to test your GFCI outlet:
- Plug a lamp or other item into the outlet and determine if whatever is plugged in has power.
- If your lamp does not have power, push the “test” button on the face of the outlet. If everything is working correctly, the power should come back to the outlet and your lamp (or whatever item that was used) will come back on.
- Now if you press the reset button and make sure that your device has power. If not, you’ll need to replace your GFCI outlet with a new one as soon as possible.
Testing with a GFCI Tester
Testing with a GFCI tester is the easiest way to make sure that your GFCI outlet is working properly.
With a GFCI tester, you simply plug it in and press the button. If the indicator light turns green, then your outlets are functioning correctly. You may also hear an audible “click” if you have a self-testing GFCI tester. This indicates that your outlets are working properly and are protected from electrical shocks or overloads of electricity.
If the lights don’t turn on or it doesn’t click, then you should contact an electrician immediately as this could be indicative of a dangerous wiring issue. When testing your GFCI outlet with a tester, always be sure to unplug any device connected to it first.
The post above is for informational purposes only – for any electrical work or repairs, please contact a licensed electrician.