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Troubleshooting Power Problems

Ground fault interrupt

Ground Fault Interrupt (GFI) circuits most often provide power to outlets located wherever water can be a threat, near

  • sinks
  • tubs
  • garages and
  • on the exterior of your home.

A special GFI outlet is designed to shut off electricity to the entire circuit in order to prevent electrical shock. To restore electricity to the circuit, the GFI outlet must be reset:




Unplug cord-connected equipment from the outlets served by the GFI circuit (usually outlets located near sinks, tubs, garages, and on the exterior of your home, wherever water can be a threat).


Locate the specific outlet that includes the GFI reset switch.


Reset the switch (make sure you are pressing the "reset" button, not the "test" button).


If the switch does not reset, contact your electrician for assistance.