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Outlets Stopped After Heavy Rains
When Electrical Outlets Stop Working: Storm related problems with electrical systems may be easy to fix, or may require an electrical repair job.By: Dave Rongey
What to Check When Outlets Stop Working
Electrical Question: I have outside outlets that have stopped working after our recent heavy rains.
- They are not on a GFI outlet but rather a dedicated circuit I had installed when the house was built.
- Could the circuit breaker itself go bad?
This electrical troubleshooting question came from: Doug, a Handyman in Texas.
Thanks for your electrical repair question Doug.
When Electrical Outlets Stop Working
Storm related problems with electrical systems may be easy to fix, or may require an electrical repair job.
- A circuit breaker may go bad but I would make other checks.
- First make sure the breaker has been turned all the way off and then back on.
- Being that these are outside outlets they are required to be GFCI protected.
- I would double check all the exterior outlets and look for one that may be a GFI outlet.
- It seems very possible that this may be the case especially when you had this happen after the heavy rains.
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