Can a bad breaker cause a GFCI to trip?
Then, what happens when a GFCI breaker goes bad?
GFCI Breakers can and do go bad, but more than half the time it is moisture somewhere. It doesn't take more than a heavy fog to cause problems. I had a gfi socket do that to me. I had my low volt landscape lights plugged into it and every couple of nights, sometimes 2 weeks would go by, and the gfi would be tripped.
Subsequently, question is, will a GFCI trip overload? A GFCI receptacle will trip off if you overload it (run too many watts). This is not true at all. A GFCI is not at all sensitive to that, but it is very sensitive to electrical leaks AWAY FROM the path that loads (running things) use. Old wires can go bad in the wall.
Subsequently, one may also ask, how do I test if a GFCI breaker is bad?
- Push the test button on the GFI breaker.
- Push the switch on the GFI breaker all of the way toward the off position.
- Push the test button again and the breaker should trip.
- Test for power with your voltmeter set on AC volts on the highest scale.
How do you fix a GFCI breaker that keeps tripping?
If you want to determine if overloading is really the problem, follow these steps in order.
- Unplug all the appliances connected to the circuit in question.
- Reset the circuit on your fuse box.
- Wait several minutes.
- Plug an appliance back in and turn it on.
- Check to see that your circuit has not tripped.