Testing and Replacing Your RV GFCI Outlets

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For safety and convenience, it’s best to replace your RV GFCI outlets when they malfunction. These malfunctions can easily be identified with your tester. Watch this handy video and feel confident performing this DIY job that will save you time and money.

When should you replace your RV GFCI outlets? When your outlets are old or malfunctioning, a replacement is in order. A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) acts almost immediately to shut off electrical 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 the test and reset buttons each month to make sure they are in working order. If pressing these buttons shows no effect on 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 sure to turn the power off before removing the old unit and installing the new one. A tester or multimeter can help you confirm when the power is off.

It’s easy to swap out an old GFCI outlet with a new one. Take a look at this helpful video to learn how you can replace your GFCI outlet. With a little practice, this project can be done in as little as 20 minutes.