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Why Outdoor Outlets Stop Working

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Three outdoor outlets quit working. They are on same service panel switch as garage and outdoor light. The circuit breaker had not tripped…

Diagnosis and Solution for Non-Working Outdoor Outlets

Question: Three outdoor outlets quit working. They are on same service panel switch as garage and outdoor light. The circuit breaker had not tripped, but I turned it off and then on again, everything else on that circuit works. what could be the problem? Thanks!

This electrical question came from: Barbara, a Handy woman from Vero Beach,FL
Additional Comments: Just found it yesterday. I hope it proves to be helpful.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Barbara.
Diagnosis and Solution for Outdoor Outlets
Barbara, because the outlets are outdoor and the circuit breaker is not tripped then I would suspect that there is a GFI outlet somewhere that is tripped off. This GFI outlet may be found outside or it may be in the garage.

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