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Plug-In Testers and Faulty Receptacle Outlet Readings


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

My plug in tester says the wiring is wrong, How should I fix the problem? Plug-In Tester Readings, Re-Wiring a Receptacle Outlet, How to Repair Outlet Electrical Wiring Problem.

Plug-In Tester Shows an Outlet Problem

Electrical Question: My plug in tester says the outlet wiring is wrong, How should I fix the problem?

This electrical repair question came from: Roy, a Inspector from Durham, North Carolina.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Roy.

How to Repair a Outlet Wiring Problem

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

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2 Responses to “Plug-In Testers and Faulty Receptacle Outlet Readings”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Frankie,
    From what you have described there is no circuit power to the outlet, so the power has become disconnected somewhere before the location of the outlet you are testing.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Frankie Gonzalez says:

    I plugged in a outlet tester but nothing lighted up on the tester. I checked the circuit panel and all switches were on. I plugged the tester into another outlet and it lit up. Any idea what it means when the tester doesn’t light at all?