While local electrical contractors in Maryland, like Winstar, are more than willing to offer homeowners the help and services they need for all of their electrical problems, more and more residents are exploring DIY options before calling in the professionals.

This includes individuals who are wondering what it takes, and why it's essential, to reset a GFI breaker.

Before you call an electrician for a problematic outlet, why not consider whether there's a simple solution you can try at-home first?

What Are GFI Outlets?

Have you ever noticed outlets around your home that include a "Test" and "Reset" button? If so, these are known as GFI outlets.

These outlets are often located in areas in or around your home that might be frequently exposed to water. Some popular locations for GFI outlets include:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Outdoor Locations
These are some of the most common outlet styles for many residential properties and come with simple safety features to protect your family. A GFI outlet can detect imbalances in your electric current that can cause various electrical issues.

To prevent these problems from occurring, the outlet will break the current flow to avoid having power run through unintentional conduits like water or our bodies.

How Can You Fix Electrical Problems, Like a Tripped Breaker?

Whether all of your outlets are GFI outlets or not, they all more than likely run back to the same GFI breaker. If you notice that some of your outlets are no longer working, you can take a few simple steps to fix the problem before calling an electrical contractor, like Winstar.

  1. Search for Other Non-Working Outlets. Often when one outlet stops working, other outlets in the same vicinity might be having problems, too. Before you start working on the breaker, try to determine whether this is the case.
  2. Locate Your Circuit Breaker. More than likely, your breaker is located in the garage. Locate the metal box and open the door. You should also remember to turn off electrical devices, like your computer, before working on the breaker.
  3. Find the Tripped GFI Breaker. Look inside your breaker box for clues of a potential problem. This will usually be a breaker that isn't quite lined up with the other in the box. Once you've found them, push them into the "On" position.
  4. Reset the GFI Breaker. After you've moved all the individual breakers back to the correct position, you'll need to reset the overall panel. Look for the main On/Off switch and turn it into the "Off" position. Wait a moment before returning it to the "On" position, which will reset the GFI breakers.

Contact a Local Electrician in Maryland for Further Information

Have you tried the above steps and are still having problems? Then it might be time to contact a qualified local electrician in Maryland. Give Winstar a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable electrical contractors. Or, simply fill out our online form to schedule a free quote.