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Why did my lights and outlets stop working? Identifying Electrical Wiring Problems when lights and outlets are not working.
[ad#block]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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