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How To Troubleshoot Wall Receptacle Problems

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Test Electrical Wiring for Outlets: I have a 120volt receptacle that does not work even though the voltage tester shows there is voltage at the receptacle.

Testing Receptacle Outlet Wiring

Electrical Question: I have a 120volt receptacle that does not work even though the voltage tester shows there is voltage at the receptacle.

Any ideas ?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Repair Question Kenny.
Background: Kenny, a Contractor from Sewell, New Jersey.

How to Test Electrical Wiring for Outlets

Application: Troubleshooting and Repairing Electric 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 electrical outlets and the circuit wiring to be inspected and evaluated.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit at the panel, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring inspections or electrical repairs.

IMPORTANT: Care must be taken when testing electrical wiring not only when working with electrical wires but knowing how to perform voltage tests using the right type of tester. The process should be fully understood otherwise and if there is any doubt about the process then please consult a qualified electrician.

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2 Responses to “How To Troubleshoot Wall Receptacle Problems”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Your very welcome!

  2. kenny says: