Testing and Replacing Your RV GFCI Outlets

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For safety and convenience it is best to replace your RV GFCI outlets when they malfunction. These can easily be identified with your tester. Feel confident to perform this DIY job, a job that will save you time and money.

When should you replace your RV GFCI outlets? When they’re malfunctioning or old a replacement is in order. A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) acts almost immediately to shut off electric power in as little as 1/40 of a second. It identifies ground faults by comparing electrical current going to and returning from equipment along the circuit.

According to the National Electrical Code, all wet and damp locations, including kitchens, bathrooms, garages and basements require GFCIs to reduce the possibility of electrical shocks. In wet areas, injuries from shocks can be responsible for much more damage than in drier areas.

It’s recommended that your RV GFCI outlets be tested every month to make certain that they still work. Testing is simple. Just press Test and Reset each month to make certain that they work. When you can’t reset the device, it’s time to replace it.

Replacement requires a Phillips and slotted screwdriver, a wire stripper, a voltage tester, a GFCI outlet and sometimes a flashlight. Make certain to turn power off before removal of the old unit and installation of the new unit. A tester or multi meter can help you determine when power is off.

It’s easy to swap out an old GFCI Plug In with a new one. But a picture is worth a thousand words. So take a look at this video and things will be clear. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to replace each unit in as little as 20 minutes.