Why Is Part Of My Home Electrical Power Not Working?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Troubleshoot and Identify an Outlet Circuit Problem: The power is not working in some areas as well as two outlets on the outside of the house.


Electrical Troubleshooting for Outlets

Electrical Question: The power is not working in the attached garage in our 20 year old house in Ontario, as well as two outlets on the outside of the house.

Background: John, a Homeowner from Ontario, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question John.

Troubleshooting Power that is Not Working

problem with GFI outlet circuit

How to Troubleshoot and Identify an Outlet Circuit 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 inspected, evaluated and repaired.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit at the electric panel, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring inspections or electrical repairs. If an outlet or the electrical wiring is found to be damaged then repairs and replacement parts should be obtained with the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Burnt or damaged electrical wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.

Troubleshooting Tips when Part of the Electric Power is Not Working

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