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GFCI receptacle tripped in kitchen

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GFCI receptacle tripped in kitchen

The GFCI receptacle in the kitchen is tripped even when nothing is connected to it and not resetting. The receptacle is no where near the sink as the sink is on the island. I turned the breaker off and on and still no luck.

The GFCI has another regular receptacle on its circuit which is on the side of the island next to dishwasher. I changed the GFCI and the second receptacle on the island to make sure they are not faulty but it is still not resetting.

Is there anything I can check or can I change the GFCI to a regular outlet as it is not close to sink?
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So you changed the GFCI and the one next to the dishwasher?
It could be many things. Loose wire, mouse chewing through the wires, wires chaffing on something, punctured by a nail/screw/staple, dishwasher leaking on receptacle.
You should start by disconnecting the load side wires from the GFCI, then see if you can reset it. If you can, then the problem is on the load side. Probably a wiring problem since you replaced the other receptacle already.
Did you do any other work in the house just before it started tripping?
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Any other downstream outlets protected by the same GFCI outlet beyond the one other outlet you replaced?

As engineered suggested, disconnect the wiring to the downstream outlets from the GFCI outlet to determine if the fault is occurring downstream or upstream. If the GFCI resets with the downstream outlets disconnected, then there is a problem downstream. If it still won't reset, then there is a problem upstream between the breaker and the GFCI outlet.

And, no you shouldn't remove the GFCI outlet and replace with a regular outlet and should determine where the fault is.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will try these.
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GFCIs do go bad.
My kitchen one also kept tripping. So I inspected the wiring and the breaker and changed the recepticle and that was it.
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dealerguy wrote: The GFCI receptacle in the kitchen is tripped even when nothing is connected to it and not resetting. The receptacle is no where near the sink as the sink is on the island. I turned the breaker off and on and still no luck.

The GFCI has another regular receptacle on its circuit which is on the side of the island next to dishwasher. I changed the GFCI and the second receptacle on the island to make sure they are not faulty but it is still not resetting.

Is there anything I can check or can I change the GFCI to a regular outlet as it is not close to sink?
Why not change both GFCI receptacles and then see what happens.
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tebore wrote: GFCIs do go bad.
My kitchen one also kept tripping. So I inspected the wiring and the breaker and changed the recepticle and that was it.
My outside one too.

But OP said he changed the GFCI and the receptacle and it’s still tripping so @engineered’s approach is the way to go.
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jdmfishingonly wrote: Why not change both GFCI receptacles and then see what happens.
I already changed the GFCI and the normal receptacle
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Jerico wrote: My outside one too.

But OP said he changed the GFCI and the receptacle and it’s still tripping so @engineered’s approach is the way to go.
I will try this evening.

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