How a Space Heater May Cause Outlets to Loose Power
How Large Appliances Could Cause Electrical Circuit Damage and Failure: The wiring will need to be identified and reconnected with approved insulated connectors.© By: Dave Rongey
Repairing Burnt Wires Best Performed By Qualified Electrician
Electrical Question: My outlet burnt out from a space heater and now the outlets and everything else connected to it has lost power and will not come on, including the steam heater.
- I even changed the breakers and cut the burnt wire.
- When I cut the white wire it tripped the circuit breaker but when I tap the black and white wire together it does nothing.
This electrical wiring question came from: Donte, a Contractor from Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Donte.
How Large Appliances Could Cause Electrical Circuit Damage and Failure
Application: Electrical Safety a Wall Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This electrical wiring project is best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Wall Outlet, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Wall Outlet should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Pennsylvania. A permit and inspections may also be required.
Repairing Burnt Electrical Wires
- Large appliances require a great deal of electricity and often they require a dedicated circuit.
- When a large appliance is plugged into a shared circuit it could be a problem especially with older homes and electrical wiring and circuit components.
- The problem with the outlet circuit mentioned in this question was indeed due to the space heater, however the repair was not performed correctly.
- The wiring will need to be identified and reconnected with approved insulated connectors.
- Burnt or damaged electrical wiring must be replaced or restored to maintain circuit integrity.
- This is best performed by a qualified licensed electrical contractor.
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