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How to Reset the Power to a Circuit: I have an electrical problem where the power in a room went off. I replaced the circuit breaker but the problem still exist.
Power Went Off to a Room
Electrical Question: I have an electrical problem where the power in a room went off. I replaced the circuit breaker but the problem still exist.
Last night I was going to watch TV in the bedroom. When I turned on the remote for the TV the power in the room went off. I went to the basement to check the circuit breaker. When I went back upstairs the power still did not turn on. The breaker also was for the bathroom, and the lights going to the basement and the basement. I did go to the electrical store and bought a new breaker and replaced the old one but the problem still exist.
Do you have a solution?
This electrical question came from: Colleen, from Guilford, Connecticut.
Thanks for your electrical question Colleen.
How to Reset the Power to a Tripped GFCI Circuit
Application: Troubleshooting – Testing Electrical Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester or Continuity Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on experience and level of problem solving skills.
Precaution: Testing live wires is dangerous and should be done by an experienced individual only. Testing using a continuity tester should only be made after the circuit has been identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
Resetting a Tripped GFCI Outlet
- From what has been described the solution may be as simple as pushing one reset button.
- The button I am referring to is the RESET button on the bathroom GFCI Outlet.
- NOTE: The Red Button in the picture above is the reset button. The reset button may not be red on some GFCI outlets, however they will be labeled as a Reset button.
- In some cases the GFI Outlet may be in another location, but nine times out of ten the cause of the power being lost as described here is due to a tripped GFCI.
- IMPORTANT: There may be something that is plugged into the circuit which is causing the GFCI to trip off.
- EXAMPLE: To identify a device with a problem, disconnect or unplug specific devices until the GFCI stops tripping.
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