How to Wire a GFCI Outlet?

September 22, 2021 2 min read

The use of GFCI outlets can help in making electrical circuits safer. These outlets break the electrical circuit in case of problems with the wiring.

Wiring a GFCI Outlet is not technical. You just need to have an understanding of the wiring to get through. We cover the wiring of the GFCI outlet in detail in this article.


Wiring Process for a GFCI Outlet:

Step 1: Disconnect the electric supply to the room/area where you want to wire the GFCI Outlet. Use an electric current meter to measure the current flowing through it. Such precautions are necessary to ensure safety.

Step 2: Check your electrical box for different types of wires. Depending upon the electrical box type, there can be one hot wire and one neutral wire with a grounded metal box; two hot wires, one neutral wire, and one ground wire.

Step 3:Now grab your GFCI Outlet. For one hot & one neutral wire electric box, you have to connect the neutral white wire with the lined side silver narrow screw. Similarly, the bare ground wire should be screwed to a green screw (if you have any, otherwise the entire box will be grounded already).

A tip here: White and green color wire represents the neutral and ground ones, and the ones other both theses colors is the hot wire.

Step 4:Connect the hot wire to the brass screw using waterproof solder wire connectors. Wrap it clockwise to get the right functionality.

Step 5:Once the hot, neutral, and ground wires are connected, tuck the wires in the metal box and tighten the GFCI inside.

Step 6: Turn on the power. Press the reset button on the GFCI. Check the connection with the outlet tester. You have your GFCI outlet wired.