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How to Test Receptacle Outlet Circuits

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I have receptacles on one wall that appear to have power when tested but when I plug something in it does not work. How to Test a Receptacle for Voltage.

Testing a Receptacle Outlet

Electrical Question: I have receptacles on one wall that appear to have power when tested, but when I plug something in it does not work.

Thank you. Doris

Background: Doris, a Homeowner from Lakewood, Colorado.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Doris.

How to Test a Receptacle for Voltage

Application: Testing Outlets and Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools a Voltage Tester or Plug-In Circuit Analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the extent of the electrical repairs, the number of receptacle outlets that are affected and access to each location.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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