Electrical Circuit Causes Damage to Electronic Devices
I’ve had two electronics appliances die after being plugged into a particular outlet, is it possible that the problem is an outlet problem…
Testing Outlet Circuits for Electrical Problems
[ad#block]Question: Recently, I’ve had two electronics/appliances die after being plugged into a particular outlet.
- In the first instance, my laptop’s charger stopped working after a couple of hours plugged into the outlet. I checked the breaker box, but nothing had tripped. And, when I plugged the charger into another outlet, it still failed to work. I dismissed the problem as a charger failure, and purchased a replacement.
- Yesterday, however, my paper shredder failed after being plugged into this same outlet for a couple of hours. Once again, I checked the breaker and plugged the shredder into another outlet, but it still did not work.
- Is it possible that the problem is an outlet problem and not a coincidental electronics problem? If so, how could I check that out?
- On an additional note: I have a ceiling fan in the same room (controlled by remote control) that routinely turns on/off on its own. I’ve had the remote unit replaced already, but it did not fix the problem. I’m wondering now if this issue plus the outlet problem could reflect a wiring problem in the room?
Thank you very much!
This electrical question came from: Emily, a Homeowner from Sterling, Virginia.
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Thanks for your electrical question Emily.
Plug In Polarity Testers for Electrical Outlets
- Emily, Make sure to test the outlets to make sure the polarity is correct.
- If the polarity or wiring is incorrect then this could damage electronic devices and equipment.
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