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Concerns About Bathroom Plug Buzzing

When I tried to plug in my hair dryer this morning the GFCI in my bathroom buzzed whenever the prongs touched the outlet. There was also a small puff of smoke. The GFCI didn't trip. Anything to worry about?

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Suzy from Denver CO

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

Get an Electrician in urgently! you have a live socket and it is a hazard (My husband is an Electrician and I asked him)

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for your quick response. We are replacing that GFCI tonight!

Thanks again
Suzy

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

Should she have plugged her hair dryer into a "dead
socket"? It almost seems as if the grounding wire was doing it's job because of something else? What causes a "live socket?"

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