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Testing Electrical Outlets


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Test and Repair an Outlet Circuit Problem: Guide for Testing an Outlet Circuit, Inspect the Outlet Wiring, Electrical Troubleshooting.

Guide for Testing an Outlet Circuit

Electrical Question: I have one room in my home with two outlets and two overhead lights.

Any ideas?

Background: Greg, a Homeowner from Salem Oregon, USA.

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

How to Test and Repair an Outlet Circuit Problem

  1. Reset the Circuit Breaker
    Check to see if the circuit breaker has tripped off or a fuse has blown.
  2. Test the Outlets
    Use a plug-in circuit analyzer to test the condition of the outlet circuit.
  3. Inspect the Outlet Wiring
    Remove each outlet and look for incorrect or damaged electrical wiring.
  4. Electrical Troubleshooting
    Extensive troubleshooting guidelines may be found found at the Repair Electrical Wiring section.

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