Possible Causes for an Outlet Circuit not to Function
How to Repair a Faulty Outlet Circuit: An Outlet Circuit that Tests OK but still Does Not Work, Here are some reasons why an outlet may not work properly and what should be checked.
Electric Outlet Circuit Problem
Electrical Question: I have a problem with a few outlet that are not working.
- I have three outlets on a circuit. With my tester I get a reading of 120volt to ground and also between my hot and neutral.
- Nothing between ground and neutral of course. When I plug in my outlet tester, the test lights indicate that everything is working properly.
- When I plug in a nightlight or appliance, it doesn’t work, the same nightlight and appliance function properly in an outlet on another circuit.
- What could be the cause of a seemingly functioning outlet to not function when there is a load applied?
This electrical repairs question came from: Barbara, from Monterrey, California.
Thanks for your electrical repairs question Barbara.
How to Repair a Faulty Outlet Circuit
Application: Testing Faulty Outlets and Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools a Voltage Tester or Plug-In Circuit Analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the extent of the electrical repairs, the number of receptacle outlets that are affected and access to each location.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
An Outlet Circuit that Tests OK but still Does Not Work
Here are some reasons why an outlet may not work properly and what should be checked:
- The receptacle outlet is worn out and needs to be replaced.
- There is a short within the wiring of the circuit which is producing feedback voltage.
- The circuit is wired in the series method instead of the parallel method.
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Wiring Electrical Outlets for the Home
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.
Understanding Electrical Testers
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