Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are electrical outlets that shut off when it senses an overload or surge in electricity. The GFCI outlet instantly trips when experiencing a power surge, triggering the breaker to cut the electrical current to reduce the risk of electrocution. Most building codes require the use of a GFCI outlet when installed near a water or moisture source due to the increased risk of an appliance shorting.
When a GFCI outlet won’t reset, it requires a bit of testing to figure out the cause. Triggers such moisture or dust, bad electrical connections, or something more serious can cause a GFCI outlet to trip. Learn what can be done to identify the cause before calling in an electrician.