Troubleshooting Problems with Electrical Outlets
The electrical power in my bedroom is off and none of the wall outlets work: How to Understand Outlet Polarity Testing, When using a outlet tester on the outlets it reads that the hot and ground are reversed.
Electric Outlets Do Not Work
[ad#block]Electrical Question: The electrical power in my bedroom is off and none of the wall outlets work.
- The circuit breaker has been changed as well as the outlets and switches.
- When using a outlet tester on the outlets it reads that the hot and ground are reversed.
- What could the problem be, the outlets do not work.
This electrical question came from: James, a Homeowner from Lynchburg, Virginia.
Thanks for your electrical repair question James.
How to Avoid Problems When Wiring Outlets
Application: Troubleshooting and Testing 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.
What To Do When Wall Outlets Do Not Work
A plug in outlet tester can be very useful for testing the circuit wiring of an electrical outlet.
How to Understand Outlet Polarity Testing
- Voltage Readings
- James, the reading you are receiving from the outlet tester mean that the electrical wiring at the outlet is incorrect and that the hot wire and the ground wire are wired in reverse.
- Replacing Outlets
- When replacing outlets and switches care must be taken to keep the original wiring configuration, and to avoid bare ground wire contact with other wiring terminals.
- Incorrect Voltage Readings
- This presents a very hazardous situation and this circuit should be turned off immediately.
- Inspect Circuit Wiring
- The electrical wiring for these devices on this circuit should all be inspected and corrected as needed.
- Consult a Professional
- I highly recommend that you contact a licensed electrical contractor who will be able to correct this situation for you.
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An outlet in bathroom does not work. Four wire GFI has no power to one set, and 41 volts to other set of wires. The other outlets on circuit are OK. Any ideas?
The low voltage reading you have described is typically due to loosing connection of one of the wires of the circuit. The circuit wires should be checked starting at the panel where the circuit begins, and the wiring connections at the bathroom GFI outlet.
I hope this helps,