How To Check An Electrical Appliance Outlet
Home Outlet Testing Made Easy: Testing home receptacle outlets can be easily done by using a plug in circuit analyzer.
Checking the Condition of an Outlet and the Wiring
Question: I have a 120 volt outlet in my house that I can’t get appliances to work on. I’m getting a 120volt reading on my voltmeter. I put the black lead in the ground hole and the red lead in the small hot hole. with the red in the hot hole and the black in the neutral I don’t get a reading. Could the neutral be disconnected somewhere?
This electrical question came from: Tim, a Handyman from Sandy, Utah.
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Thanks for your electrical question Tim.
Checking an Outlet
Checking an Appliance Outlet
Tim, this could be an easy fix if this problem is isolated to just this one outlet, so here’s what I do in a case like this. First identify the circuit and turn the power OFF. Then remove the outlet and inspect the wiring paying close attention to the connections of the white neutral wires. Sometimes I will notice signs of burnt wires or a loose wire. If I see that the outlet has signs of wear then it would be best to just replace the outlet while it is being checked. Tim if you see badly burnt wires and you are not comfortable about the repairs, then it may be best to contact a licensed electrician to make the repairs for you.
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