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Kitchen Outlets That Stop Working


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Troubleshooting and Repair a Kitchen Outlet Circuit – When one or more outlets within a circuit stop working it usually means that there is a loose or burnt splice or connection which is commonly found inside one of the outlet boxes.

The Causes of Why Most Kitchen Outlets to Fail

Electrical Question: Our refrigerator and now the gas stove (electric starter at burners and oven light)have stopped working.

When the refrigerator stopped working, I switched out the socket, but that did not work.

An electrician came to my home, said the socket and the breaker at the box were both fine, and he could not explain why the refrigerator stopped. After 24-48 hrs, I plugged the refrigerator back into its regular socket and it has worked fine (electrician was here last month).

The refrigerator and one other wall socket (both have two outlets) and are on one wall. The stove is on a neighboring wall – both walls form an L shape. I currently (no pun intended but you can laugh anyway) have the refrigerator plugged into another outlet on the same wall as the stove.

Why am I having problems with these sockets and or breakers?

Thank you very much.

This electrical wiring question came from: Dave, from Los Angeles, California

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

How to Troubleshooting and Repair a Kitchen Outlet Circuit

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 outlets that are affected.
Precaution: Identify the kitchen outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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