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    GFI Outlet keeps tripping

    I have a 2 receptacle GFI attached to the outside of my control panel to plug in various things. I had outdoor LED lights set up through a timer that I had plugged in for years that worked fine. Recently the GFI started tripping once in awhile and now it will trip consistently within 30 min when I have the pool lights on and nothing plugged into the receptacle, or pool lights off and 200 light LED Christmas lights plugged directly in.. but wont trip if I have the lights off and the 2 LED floodlights plugged in... I'm ready to call an electrician but thought I would try here first.
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    24,000 gal SWG pool
    Bunch of stuff
    Aqua Blue Pebblesheen
    2 Colorlogic LED lights
    Huge Hayward D.E. filter
    more stuff

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    Re: GFI Outlet keeps tripping

    I would try to plug in the LED lights and/or the christmas lights into another GFCI outlet if you have one to see if you get the same results. But, I suspect that the GFCI outlet is simply wearing out. GFCI outlets have a lifetime of service that's shorter than a standard outlet due to the way they work to protect the outlet. I would replace with a new GFI outlet, assuming the lights don't trip another functioning GFCI outlet. They're only about $20 and can be done by most homeowners who can turn off a breaker before replacing.
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    Re: GFI Outlet keeps tripping

    +1 to what JVTrain said!!
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    Re: GFI Outlet keeps tripping

    Thanks... I'll replace it this weekend. Seems to be the logical thing to do. Hopefully it resolves the issue but historically, my luck isn't that good
    24,000 gal SWG pool
    Bunch of stuff
    Aqua Blue Pebblesheen
    2 Colorlogic LED lights
    Huge Hayward D.E. filter
    more stuff

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    Re: GFI Outlet keeps tripping

    Bought a new GFI for $15 and replaced it in 20 minutes. Works like a charm now. Thanks!
    24,000 gal SWG pool
    Bunch of stuff
    Aqua Blue Pebblesheen
    2 Colorlogic LED lights
    Huge Hayward D.E. filter
    more stuff

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    Re: GFI Outlet keeps tripping

    Woohoo! Love it when they're the easy AND cheap fix!
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    Isolated Spa - 345 Gallons

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