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Articles about Electrical Troubleshooting

Eric of Damascus Asks How to Troubleshoot an Electrical Problem with an Outlet and Lights


How to Fix a Power Problem with an Outlet and Lights: I have two lights and a receptacle that do not work but everything else works fine.



How To Troubleshoot Wall Receptacle Problems


How to Test Electrical Wiring for Outlets: I have a 120volt receptacle that does not work even though the voltage tester shows there is voltage at the receptacle.



Why a House May Not Have Electrical Power


How to Troubleshoot Lost Power to a Home: Why a Home May Not Have Electrical Power, How to Reset a Main Electrical Circuit Breaker.



Sure Signs of Electrical Trouble with a Light Fixture


How to Troubleshoot and Repair a Light Fixture: Indications of Light Fixture Wiring Problems, Light Fixture Wiring Splices, Moisture or Water Leaks Around Light Fixtures, How to Check Light Fixture Wiring, Hot Light Bulbs That Cause Wiring Problems.



How to Replace a GFI That Does Not Work


I’m replacing a GFI outlet that did not work. Now the replacement also does not work: Wiring instructions and photo that show how GFI Outlets are wired.



No Power to my Electric Clothes Dryer


Electrical Troubleshooting Tips for a Clothes Dryer: Dryer Outlet that is Not Working, testing the right circuit breaker.



Wiring Bathroom Exhaust Fan Switches


How to Wire a Bathroom Exhaust Fan Switch and the Electrical Wiring Connections: I have to replace a bathroom ceiling exhaust fan with two switches for the fan and light, and a third leg continuing on to light the vanity.



Wiring a Receptacle for a Lift Pump for a Septic System


Wiring a Lift Pump Circuit Works for a Septic System: How a Float Switch Works for Turning On a Septic Pump.



Why No Power to Wall Sockets


How to Get Your Wall Sockets and Outlets Working Again: The problem could be at one of the wall sockets or outlets where the wiring connects to the outlet or it could be a wiring splice in one of the outlet boxes within the outlet circuit.



Why Bathroom Light Fixtures May Not Work


How to Get Your Bathroom Lights Working – Start with the obvious, the light bulbs, then the light switch should be checked for power coming in and leaving up to the light fixtures, next this calls for some troubleshooting.



How to Fix Car Wiring Problems


Wire Colors for Cars and What They Mean: Troubleshooting Car Electrical Wiring Problems – Car Owners Manual – Rewiring a car requires tracing wires or the help of a wiring schematic to make sure the connections are correct and fuses do not blow.



Exposed Electrical Outlet Wiring


How to Check an Electrical Wall Outlet for Safety – Unchecked problems can turn into electrical hazards that can be prevented and easily corrected.



Split-Buss Electrical Panels


Understanding Split-Buss Electrical Panels: Dave explains that a split buss circuit breaker panel allows the upper circuits to remain energized while the bottom section is controlled by a separate circuit breaker.



Testing an Electric Motor Circuit


Steps for Testing Electrical Power for a Pump Motor Circuit – Work you way back towards the controls and power source or electrical panel. It sounds like you lost one of the power legs of the motor circuit.



How to Wire a Waterfall and Switch


Wiring a Waterfall to connect a single pole on-off switch to the GFCI to shut off the device instead of unplugging it when..



Dimmer Switches That are Warm to the Touch – Is This a Problem?


Correctly Sizing Dimmer Switches – Understanding the importance of properly sizing a dimmer switch…



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