Did your home come with manuals for your GFCIs? I’ve never seen one and I’ve never seen or heard of anyone testing a GFCI except a home inspector during a pre-sale home inspection. I didn’t know until recently that these little devices are designed to be tested MONTHLY! Thanks to this blog post from a home inspector who blogs on Active Rain, I now know.
When these devices first appeared, in the 1970s, they were only found inside electrical boxes. Now they are in electrical outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and outdoors. Sometimes, if one is not working in one bathroom, it will make the ones in all the other bathrooms not work. Sometimes one in the kitchen is connected to the garage — yes, it can be weird. It’s good to run a test so you know what works where in case you have to reset one at midnight.
Here’s a video to show you how to do the test:
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