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I’ve had two electronics appliances die after being plugged into a particular outlet, is it possible that the problem is an outlet problem…

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Question: Recently, I’ve had two electronics/appliances die after being plugged into a particular outlet.

In the first instance, my laptop’s charger stopped working after a couple of hours plugged into the outlet. I checked the breaker box, but nothing had tripped. And, when I plugged the charger into another outlet, it still failed to work. I dismissed the problem as a charger failure, and purchased a replacement.

Yesterday, however, my paper shredder failed after being plugged into this same outlet for a couple of hours. Once again, I checked the breaker and plugged the shredder into another outlet, but it still did not work.

Is it possible that the problem is an outlet problem and not a coincidental electronics problem? If so, how could I check that out?

On an additional note: I have a ceiling fan in the same room (controlled by remote control) that routinely turns on/off on its own. I’ve had the remote unit replaced already, but it did not fix the problem. I’m wondering now if this issue plus the outlet problem could reflect a wiring problem in the room?

Thank you very much!



This electrical question came from: Emily, a Homeowner from Sterling, Virginia.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Emily.

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Emily, Make sure to test the outlets to make sure the polarity is correct. If the polarity or wiring is incorrect then this could damage electronic devices and equipment.

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