Electrical Troubleshooting Home Electrical Problems
an air conditioner has all of a sudden stopped working. It seems to have a 120V plug. Can a Socket go bad, could it be a wire, or the circuit breaker itself…
Troubleshooting Electrical Home Wiring Problems
Background: Syd, a Handywoman from Las Vegas Nevada
Question: Recently I have troubleshot an air conditioner that has all of a sudden stopped working. It seems to have a 120V plug. Because there is 2 Furnaces to the air conditioner in the attic, i plugged the bad furnace into the good furnace’s electrical outlet and it worked just fine. Both outlets are on dedicated circuits but the one for the furnace i have been working on doesn’t put out enough voltage. I plugged a small appliance into the socket and it worked just fine. Can a Socket go bad? could it be a wire? or the circuit breaker itself?
Thanks for your electrical question Syd.
Syd, get yourself a good volt-ohm tester and you will then be able to troubleshoot just about anything. All of your questions can be answered yes, all of these things are possible however it will take a volt-ohm meter to find out exactly what is happening, you may have lost a neutral – lots of possibilities, and based on experience – its’ most likely always something simple!
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