Power outage, tripped GFI?

Discussion in 'Electrical and Wiring' started by naraiz, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Dec 20, 2008 #1

    naraiz

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    Hello! My first post on this forum. An interesting thing happened last night. While we were sleeping the power went out (which I don't think is unusual in of itself). The interesting part is a GFI socket next to kitchen sink was tripped. My question is: Is it common for a GFI to trip when power goes out or is restored? I'm rationalizing the trip would happen when power is restored and a surge of some sort happened. Yes?

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  2. Dec 21, 2008 #2

    triple D

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    Was there any lightning? Often that will upset things, or a wind storm. If you get a reduced voltage, or brown out, it will often let go of contacts and trip.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2008 #3

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    A GFCI checks Voltage/Current difference between the hot leg and the neutral. If there is a minute difference between the two (usu. in the mV range) it will cause it to trip. This is not common, but does happen occasionally with power outages and brownouts.;)
     

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