Originally Posted by jage
I noticed on the Moab trip that Angel's GFI would not reset if there was no power to the outlet (e.g. invertor off, shore power off, or breaker off). Once we found the problem (breaker) it reset just fine.
Don't know if that is standard for GFI's, but thought I'd throw it out for future reference... if you've been messing with the GFI and test tripped it without power you can only reset it with power applied.
While on a business trip to the east coast last week, my wife called to tell me that a circuit breaker in the house had tripped (in the kitchen no less), and she couldn't get it to reset. She also said the nreaker wouldn't reset. Gave her some suggestions, but kind of hard to troubleshoot from across the country. Got home and I could not get the one GFCI to reset, let alone the circuit breaker, so I went to Home Depot and bought a new GFCI receptacle. In reading the directions for the GFCI, it stated that it had an interlock in it to prevent reset if there wasn't power applied to it. So...thought I might need a new breaker again, but made one last trip back to the circuit breaker panel, and for some reason the breaker could be reset this time. It might be that all the loads were removed from the circuit this time. Who knows.
Bottom line, the GFCI will not reset without power being applied to the circuit.