Causes of Lost Power to Outlets
Patrick in Iowa. asks: I have no power in half my outlets, what could be the problem? Troubleshooting the Problem of Lost Power to Outlets, How to Locate and Repair Lost Power to Electric Outlets.
Identifying the Causes of Lost Power to Outlets
Electrical Question: I have no power in half my outlets in my kitchen.
- I checked the breaker and even replaced it.
- I noticed with the volt meter I have 15 volts with the hot and neutral.
- I get 115 vac with ground and hot.
Any suggestions what next?
This electrical wiring question came from: Patrick, a Homeowner from Bettendorf, Iowa.
Thanks for your electrical question Patrick.
Troubleshooting the Problem of Lost Power to Outlets
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.
How to Locate and Repair Lost Power to Outlets
- As described in this question, the typical problem is a lost connection with the neutral wire in part of the electrical outlet circuit.
- The wiring connections of the affected outlet circuit will need to be checked and verified.
- Start by examining the wiring at the last outlet that is working.
- Inspect the wiring connections to the outlet and look for a burnt or deteriorated connection.
- Replace affected outlets and repair burnt wiring and install proper wire connections as necessary.
- This requires the attention of a qualified electrical contractor who will conduct some tests to identify the problem and make the necessary repairs.
- See the section on Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring for more specific tips:
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