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Possible Causes for an Outlet Circuit not to Function


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Repair a Faulty Outlet Circuit: An Outlet Circuit that Tests OK but still Does Not Work, Here are some reasons why an outlet may not work properly and what should be checked.

Electric Outlet Circuit Problem

Electrical Question: I have a problem with a few outlet that are not working.

This electrical repairs question came from: Barbara, from Monterrey, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repairs question Barbara.

How to Repair a Faulty Outlet Circuit

Application: Testing Faulty 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.

An Outlet Circuit that Tests OK but still Does Not Work

Here are some reasons why an outlet may not work properly and what should be checked:

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