About GFI Notify – Why Do You Need It?

George and Christine returned home to find $900 worth of spoiled food that had to be thrown away.
So they put their heads together to find a solution…

Some Reasons for a GFI Outlet to Fail

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Overloaded Circuit or ground fault occurrence.

Conductive Dust or Debris And worn out insulation on electrical wires.

Moisture in the Receptacle Box or a close lightning storm.

The GFI Notify Story… a Problem Worth Solving

George and Christine returned home from a wonderful two-week vacation. Needing some food for dinner, Chris went to the freezer that was in their garage. She opened the door and noticed that the light was off. She then quickly noticed that the freezer was warm; all of the food was warm and totally spoiled.

Illustration of man and woman in garage. Text reads: Refrigerator and Freezer in Garage plugged into GFI circuit - GFI Notify Definitely Needed Here!!
Woman pinching her nose because of rotten food

Chris then went to the refrigerator also in their garage and observed the same exact thing: the light was off; the food was warm; the odor was terrible and the food was totally spoiled.

They had to throw away about $900 worth of food. What happened?

The GFI outlet in their garage had tripped. The freezer and refrigerator that had been plugged into outlets on that GFI circuit therefore lost all power.

George thought that it would have been great if he had known when that GFI had tripped while they were away. He could have called his trusted handyman to go into his garage to try to reset the GFI outlet. If it didn’t reset, the handyman could have plugged the freezer and refrigerator into live electrical outlets in their house using long extension cords.

Because of this experience, GFI NOTIFY WAS BORN!

woman pinching her nose at spoiled food
Rotten food

This could easily happen to you!
GFls trip more often than you think.

Since 1971, the National Electrical Code requires for safety reasons that Ground-Fault-Interrupter (GFI) outlets must be installed in: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Basements and Garages.

GFI outlets can trip for a number of reasons:

  • Ground fault occurrence
  • Moisture in the receptacle box
  • Overloaded circuit
  • Electrical fault
  • Faulty GFI outlet
  • Worn out insulation on electrical wires
  • Electrical wiring deterioration
  • Conductive dust or debris
  • A close lightning storm

It’s more likely that a home- or business owner will experience one or more GFI trips than they will ever experience having a fire at their premises. Yet, they always have insurance to cover the potential loss due to a fire.

Why take a chance of losing all that food in your Freezer and Refrigerator that may be plugged into an outlet on a GFI Circuit?