How to Identify Electrical Problems
Why did my lights and outlets stop working? Identifying Electrical Wiring Problems when lights and outlets are not working.
Electrical Question: Why did my lights and outlets stop working?
For about 3 months the lights in my bathroom did not work then they did work for about a month.
- During this time the outlets worked fine and were not affected.
- Now the lights and outlets are not working in the attached bedroom and the lights are out again in the bathroom, but the bathroom outlets are still working.
- I checked circuit breaker and it was fine.
- I Checked power in the wires at the light switches and there was no indication that the wires had power.
This electrical question came from: Debi, a Homeowner from Richland, Washington.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Debi.
Application: Troubleshooting an Outlet Circuit Problem.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and age of the electrical wiring and the access to the circuits and wiring to be evaluated.
Precaution: This is a project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specific tests of the electrical circuits.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require a permit and inspections.
Electrical Wiring Problems
Electrical Problems that Require Immediate Attention
- Debi, this electrical problem is a potentially dangerous condition which requires immediate attention of a Certified Electrician. Please contact a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
- The problem may be with one of the electrical circuits or could be a problem at the panel. I do not advise homeowners to perform any work in the electrical panel, especially when there is a circuit failure which is best identified and repaired by an experienced electrician.
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This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
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