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Electrical Outlets with Power Problems


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Repair Electrical Outlets – Locating a Loose or Burnt Wire or Splice Connection – A burnt or loose connection is typically found in an outlet junction box or receptacle box where two or more cables and wires are spliced, or where the wires of the circuit are attached to an outlet.

Causes of Power Problems with Outlets

Electrical Question: I have the old style fuse box which takes the screw in fuses. The problem I am having is I noticed certain plugs in the house are getting more power than others. For Instance when I plug a fan into one outlet it doesn’t turn as strong as another outlet. Our microwave oven does not have the same strength in one outlet but it operates OK, yet another outlet it cooks food fine.I have changed the cartridge style fuses and still have the problem.
Can you give any advice?
Everything has always worked fine, don’t know what happened.

This electrical wiring question came from: Robbie, from Redford, Michigan

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Robbie

How to Repair Electrical Outlets
Robbie, what you are describing is an indication that one of the wires within the outlet circuit has lost a  connection.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections. Electrical troubleshooting is best performed by a qualified electrical contractor.

Locating a Loose or Burnt Wire or Splice Connection

A burnt or loose connection is typically found in an outlet junction box or receptacle box where two or more cables and wires are spliced, or where the wires of the circuit are attached to an outlet. Loose connections may develop which can lead to a burnt connection or splice which can cause the connection to be lost.

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