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Electrical Problem: My Voltage Seems Normal but the Outlet Will Not Work

Why does my volt meter show 114 volts but the outlets do not work? How to Troubleshoot Electrical Outlet Problems, Common Testing and Repairing Methods for Electric Outlet Problems.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Why does my volt meter show 114volts but the outlets do not work?

I have one room in my house where the lights went out and the outlets stopped working but my volt meter is reading 114 volts in the outlets that do not work.

This home electrical repairs question came from: Joy, from Sault Ste Marie, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Joy.

How to Troubleshoot Electrical Outlet Problems

110 volt outlet

Application: Testing Home Electrical Outlets and Circuit Wiring
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Plug In Circuit Analyzer and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on age of the home, the condition of the electrical system and access to the electrical outlets.
Precaution: Electrical troubleshooting of this level is best performed by a licensed electrical contractor who will identify the problem and make the necessary repairs.

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