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Question DetailsAsked on 12/26/2016

Outlet in bathroom

Hi I have an outlet in th bathroom that has a test button and reset button on the outlet. The only thing plugged into the outlet was a simple night light. I took a shower and had the bathroom fan and lights on. After my shower was over there was still a little humidity in the bathroom but I turned off the fan and the outlet with the nightlight popped off. To be clear the circuit breaker for the bathroom did not pop. the lights in the bathroom still were on and I was able to turn the ceiling fan on and off. The only thing that popped was the only outlet in the bathroom with the nightlight. It did not work until I pushed the reset button, Once I pushed the reset button the outlet worked like normal. Could the reason the outlet originally popped be due to the humidity in the bathroom? Once again it was just a nightlight that was plugged in when the outlet popped and the bathroom lights stayed on and I was able to still turn the ceiling fan back on! Thank you

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Fan and lights are almost always on a different circuit so that is why they kept working. Outlets in bathrooms and kitchens (and many other palces near water) have to have a GFCI breaker protecting them - either in the breaker panel, or an outlet type like yours. And yes they can and do trip out when moisture gets into the outlet because it only take a very minor short circuit to trip the GFCI breaker. It should be fine to use again once it is aired out, provided it resets OK when yuou push the reset button.

Use a child safety outlet plug like the following in the unused outlet slots to prevent this happening again - ditto to kitchen ones prone to steam exposure or splash.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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