GFI - can't figure out how to reset
Two days ago I plugged an upright freezer in the garage into a GFI outlet. It's 10 years old, but hadn't been plugged in for about 7 years. It started and ran and ran. I decided to turn it down a bit before loading it with anything. Over the past 24 hours, it seemed nice and quiet. Hmmmmmm.
This morning I plugged in my hairdryer to the GFI outlet in my bathroom. Nothing. Hit reset. Nothing. Tried it in my other bathroom, also GFI. Nothing. Figured I had a bad hairdryer and got out my spare. Same thing. It had worked for me 24 hours earlier.
Thought about the quiet freezer. No power there either (gratefully empty). It's now unplugged. There is also a GFI by the side door of the garage (near the freezer). It doesn't work, nor does the outside light switch on the same wall.
The two outlets in the bathrooms have no reset buttons, nor does the one the freezer was plugged into. I reset the GFI in the kitchen. Tried to reset the GFI in the garage.
As you've probably already figured out, I'm a total know-nothing when it comes to electrical. I checked the circuit box outside and nothing was in the off position. Still, I switched everything off and back on again. This seems to be one circuit (or line or whatever it's called) that includes one corner of the garage and my two bathroom outlets. Everything else, in the house and garage works fine.
Short of calling an electrician, I have no clue what to do. Obviously I don't want to mess with anything electrical beyond simply flicking a switch. I just wonder if there's a simple solution I haven't thought of.
Whatever happens, I plan on getting rid of the freezer and getting a new, Energy Star model.