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Exterior fixtures not working (how to reset a GFCI outlet)
- Check breaker – Verify the breaker supplying the outlet is switched on and not tripped. Reset if needed.
- Press reset button – Outdoor GFCI outlets have a weatherproof reset button that may need to be pressed to restore power if tripped.
- Check for moisture – Look for any water or moisture inside the outlet box or on wires that may have tripped the GFCI. Dry thoroughly.
- Test with GFCI tester – Plug in a GFCI tester and press test. If it doesn’t trip or doesn’t reset, the GFCI needs replacement.
- Inspect connections – Switch off breaker and remove outlet to inspect all wire connections are secure and free of corrosion.
- Check for damaged wires – Look for any nicks, exposed wire, or cracked insulation that could be grounding out power.
- Replace GFCI – Faulty or water damaged GFCIs should be replaced with a new weatherproof exterior rated model.
- Verify grounding – Ensure the outlet box and wires have proper grounding connections.