Troubleshooting Fluctuating Voltage on Outlet?

I recently installed one GFCI plug in my master bath next to a bathroom sink after it went out. I have 120 volts to both plugs on that plug. The next plug (bought new) on the same circuit, I only get 98 volts to 102 volts. Since this plug and the one that was replaced are within 6 feet of the 2nd bathroom sink and the bath tub, I would have thought it should have been a GFCI plug, but it had always worked before as a non GFCI plug.


The house was bought new by us and that is how it was originally wired and all worked fine. My question is how can the voltage drop from 120 volts to 98 to 102 volts on the same circuit? I am now considering buying another GFCI plug to replace the non GFCI plug to see if this makes a difference or would it be a waste of my money. The plug would not know if it is within 6 feet of a water source or is there another problem, I am missing?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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June 17, 20190 found this helpful

You probably have a loose or corroded connection at either the house or power lines. Call the power company first. If it is at their end they will fix it at no cost to you.

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