A GFI and a GFCI are the same thing. To reset a GFI first you must be able to identify a GFI. A GFI is an outlet with buttons on it that will turn off if there is a surge of power to a GFI outlet or an outlet connected to a GFI. GFI's can be likened to a row of standing dominoes. When you knock the first domino down, the subsequent dominoes will also fall. Think of the first domino as the GFI outlet.
Let’s say that you plug your toaster into an outlet that is a GFI and the outlet that you plug your coffee maker into isn't, Both appliances could be GFI protected because they can both be linked to the original GFI outlet. So if your coffee maker has a short, the GFI Outlet that your toaster is plugged into will trip. Now state laws mandate GFI outlets in multiple parts of your home so before calling an electrician try checking in other rooms or areas inside and outside your home. An outlet in your bedroom may be connected to an outlet that is on the outside wall of your house.
Resetting a GFI is relatively easy
First start by locating the closest GFI to the outlet.
Then Press the button Marked reset it is usually the top button on a GFI. If the First GFI doesn't work, keep trying till you have reset all the GFI's.
If resetting the GFI doesn't work then you may have to reset the breaker.
Click on how to reset breaker for step by step directions on how to reset a breaker.
Turn off all lights and unplug a few appliances in the room or rooms that have lost power. If you recently added a new appliance to the room, like a vacuum, make sure you unplug it because there’s a good chance the new guy was the culprit. This is important because if you leave everything on and you’ve overloaded the circuit, it’s possible to blow your breaker all over again once you restored power! Always use caution. Electricity can be dangerous, so make sure your hands are dry and you’re standing on a dry surface at all times when working on your electrical panel. If you’re not familiar with your electrical panel, or don’t feel comfortable at any time, please feel free to contact us for help.
Locate and open your main electrical panel or sub-panel. It’s usually found in a garage or on the outside of your home.
Look for a breaker that has moved from the “on” position to the “off” position, or is halfway between the two.
Move the breaker to the full “off” position, and wait at least 30 seconds.
Move it to the full “on” position. This will restore power to that circuit.
Plug in one or two electrical appliances and turn them on to test if the breaker has reset properly. If the outlet loses power again, it’s possible that you are using too many amps for the breaker, and need to move some appliances around.
If you have tried all of the above steps and the power still keeps switching off or if the power never came back on it may be a sign of a more serious electrical problem, and you should contact us to take a look.