Causes of No Power to Electrical Circuit
How To Locate and Repair the Cause of Circuit Power Loss: Here is a Procedure to Help You Find the Cause of Lost Power to an Electric Circuit.
Troubleshooting No Power to an Electric Outlet Circuit
Electrical Question: I have a single family home with two floors. Everything electrical works on the first floor but on the second floor, only one side of the house is working for electricity.
- I am not sure how to diagnose the problem. I know that my nephew was using a vacuum on the side that now doesn’t work and the electricity went out for the entire house.
- Everything was fine until a few months later, so hopefully you can guide me and tell me what to do.
This electrical repair question came from: David, a Homeowner from Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Additional Comments: It’s a great website and I hope to learn from it.
Thanks for your electrical repair question David.
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 the Cause of Circuit Power Loss
Procedure to Find the Cause of Lost Power to a Circuit
- The circuit outlets and receptacles will need to be identified.
- The circuit should then be shut off.
- Each outlet should be removed and inspected for a burnt connection or a burnt splice.
- Begin by inspecting the outlet that the vacuum cleaner was plugged into, because vacuum cleaners require a high amount of electricity that may create stress on the outlet circuit wiring and components.
- The damaged wire will need to be repaired.
- New wire connectors installed as needed.
- New receptacle outlet installed as needed.
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