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Electrical Question about Basement Outlets That Are Not Working

Why did my outlets on the stop working? How to Troubleshoot a Outlet Circuit Problem.

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Electrical Question: Why did my outlets on the stop working?

I Have two rooms in my basement with four outlets in each room. Currently the outlets on the far side of the rooms have both stopped working. I have changed out the outlets still nothing. There is power in both outlets on either side of the outlet. The outlets on the shared wall have power coming in and leaving. Any recommendations? What should I try next?

This electric question came from Cory, a Homeowner from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Cory.

How to Troubleshoot a Outlet Circuit Problem

Application: Troubleshooting an Outlet Circuit.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and age of the electrical wiring and the access to the circuits and wiring to be evaluated.
Precaution: This is a project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specific tests of the electrical circuits.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require a permit and inspections.

Problem with an Outlet Circuit

It seems that there is a short in the circuit. All splices or connections in the involved outlets boxes need to be checked for a loose or deteriorated connection. Once the problem is found repairs to any burnt or damaged wiring will need to be repaired.

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