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How to replace a GFCI receptacle (Page 3)


Step 10. Once the connections are made, gently tuck the wires and the receptacle into the box so the holes in the top and bottom of the receptacle align with the holes in the box. Use a screwdriver to drive the two long mounting screws that hold the receptacle to the box. Replace the coverplate. If your GFCI didnít come with its own cover- plate, youíll need to buy one with a square cutout to fit the GFCI.

 

Step 11. Restore the power and test your receptacle. In addition to plugging something in to the receptacle, you need to test the two buttons on the face of the receptacle. Press the TEST button. The receptacle should make a clicking noise, the RESET button should pop out, and whatever youíve plugged in should stop working. If this happens, the GFCI is wired correctly and working. Push RESET and the receptacle will work again.

 

BUYING TIP

Not all GFCI receptacles are created alike. Make sure you buy one thatís rated the same as the receptacle youíre replacing. Many household circuits carry 15 amps of power. Receptacles for 15-amp circuits look like the one on the left. But a 20-amp circuit should have receptacles rated for 20 amps, like the one shown on the right. 20 amp receptacles have one T-shaped slot that accepts special T-shaped plugs on appliances with heavy power loads, such as window air conditioners or hot tubs.
 

 

 

 

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