Outlet Reset Buttons Not Working? Here's What to Do!

July 31, 2020

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are essential for keeping residents safe from shocks and burns. Not only that, but a professionally installed GFCI will ensure you're able to reset your power outlets should you experience electrical issues. Sometimes, however, a GFCI may not be able to reset if there is a ground fault occurring at a non-functional outlet. If you're experiencing issues with your power outlet and aren't able to reset it, read on to find out how you can regain power to your home's outlets.

Symptoms of Outlet Reset Buttons Not Working

There are lots of signs that can indicate the reset button on your power outlet isn't up to task. When attempting to reset your power outlet, watch out for the following:

  • Reset button does not pop out when pushing it
  • Reset button doesn't stay in when pushed
  • Reset button is out yet devices still work when plugged in
  • Reset button is in and no devices work when plugged in
  • Reset button pops out whenever you turn on an appliance plugged into the outlet

Each of these symptoms can indicate a larger issue with your ground fault interrupter. You may have a defective GFCI, insufficient current, or have a GFCI that's wired incorrectly. Consult with a trusted electrician to understand what options may be available.

What to Do When Outlet Reset Buttons Don't Work

Outlet reset buttons exist as an easy way to let homeowners safely troubleshoot electrical power issues. When these reset buttons fail, it likely means there is no power running to the GFCI or that the GFCI has been wired incorrectly. It's important to note that while it's safe to press the reset button on your outlet, it is not recommended that you attempt to solve the problem yourself if the outlet reset button continues to operate improperly. If an outlet reset button trips each time it's pressed, there may be a dangerous current leak within the circuit. This is a serious issue that requires professional assistance from a knowledgeable electrician. Randy’s Electric provides extensive GFCI installation, repair, and replacement services to help residents stay safe. Our team of knowledgeable electricians will assess your outlets and work to find the root cause of the problem. If you’ve experienced outlet reset issues, contact our team to schedule an appointment today!

Randy's Electric Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

GFCI installation is what the team at Randy's Electric does best. We have years of experience delivering long-lasting, dependable electrical solutions to residents throughout Minneapolis and the surrounding region. Contact our team today to have your outlet reset button issues resolved in a flash!