A bunch of years ago I installed electric outlets throughout my property and used quite a few GFCI outlets in the process. Well, they haven’t been holding up so well. Even though they’re all under cover, they’ve been failing at a steady rate. The same GFCI outlets installed about at the same time in our kitchen and bath have been fine. What’s the difference?
Well, for one, I didn’t know about “water protected” GFCI outlets. The thought that a GFCI outlet isn’t protected against moisture seems preposterous. Oh well. So yesterday I replaced yet another one with a WP variant and decided to open the broken one up to see what blows out. Well, I didn’t see any sign of moisture or corrosion anywhere, but I saw this:
Those are corpses of tiny argentine ants and the housing had another dozen or more. I’ve had quite some problems with mechanical pump pressure switches malfunctioning due to ants getting cremated between the contacts and had to wrap tape around every opening to keep’em out. So now I wonder whether what’s really going on is the ants killing the GFCIs ??? Well, what I really wonder is whether the Water Protected GFCIs are also Ant Protected!