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Bob in Washington Lost Power to the Backside of his House

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Troubleshoot No Power and Lost Power: The back side on my house has no power. The house has Federal circuits. I replaced all the fuses but still no power.

Troubleshooting Lost Power to Areas of the Home

Electrical Question: Hi Dave, I’ve got a good one for you. The back side on my house has no power. The house has Federal circuits. I replaced all the fuses but still no power.

Thank You for any information,

This electrical wiring question came from Bob, in Lakewood, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question bob.

Preparations for Troubleshooting Lost Power
Application: Troubleshooting and Repairing Outlet Problems.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter or plug-in circuit analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on the age of the home and the condition of the electrical wiring and access to the circuit wiring to be inspected, evaluated and repaired.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit at the electric panel, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring inspections or electrical repairs. If an outlet or the electrical wiring is found to be damaged then repairs and replacement parts should be obtained with the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Burnt or damaged electrical wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.

How to Troubleshoot No Power and Lost Power

  1. Tripped GFCI Outlet
    Look for a tripped GFCI Outlet or circuit breaker. A tripped GFCI will prevent power from going to other outlets and some areas of the home depending on the wiring methods. A tripped GFI Outlet may be caused by moisture related conditions. Moisture proof covers should be installed over outside receptacle outlets to prevent a tripping ground fault protected circuit.
  2. Damaged Wiring at an Outlet or Receptacle
    Look for outlets that appear to be burnt where the plug is inserted. This is an indication that the receptacle outlet and wiring may be damaged. A burnt or damaged outlet receptacle will need to be replaced and burnt or damaged wiring and connections need to be replaced and repaired.
  3. Faulty Splices or Burnt  Wiring Connections
    Heat related damage to electrical wiring is common in older ceiling mounted light fixtures where incandescent light bulbs are used. These wiring problems are typically found in the surface style light fixtures that are mounted to the ceiling which are located in the bathroom and kitchen where two or more light bulbs are being used.

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