Repair a Garage Outlet Circuit that Trips the Breaker
Troubleshooting a Garage Outlet Circuit: While using a new electric chainsaw I accidentally cut the extension cord. I got another cord,plugged it into the same outlet and had no power.
Electrical Troubleshooting for a Garage Outlet
Electrical Question: While using a new electric chainsaw I accidentally cut the extension cord. I got another cord, plugged it into the same outlet and had no power.
- I replaced the proper fuse and it blew immediately.
- The outdoor outlet I was using can be turned on/off by a light switch in the garage.
- I turned the 2 switches off and replaced the fuse again. This time the fuse held until I turned on the garage switch,blowing the fuse instantly.
- I can’t figure this out. I should mention I have only very basic electrical skills.
- I have not had a problem with this outlet and switch until now.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much for your time and if more info is needed I’ll do my best to get it for you. Just please remember I’m no electrician,not by a long shot,so please excuse me for not knowing/using the proper terminology.
This electrical wiring question came from Shane, in Iowa, Iowa.
Additional Comments: Just found this site and so far I’m liking it!
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Shane.
Troubleshooting a Garage Outlet Circuit
Application: Troubleshooting an Outlet Circuit.
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.
How to Repair a Garage Outlet Circuit
- Garage GFCI Outlet
- The garage outlet circuit should be protected for ground faults, so there is most likely a GFCI receptacle somewhere the garage that should be located and inspected for possible damage.
- Ground fault receptacles are very effective, however they could be damaged and require replacing.
- Disconnect Devices from the Circuit
- If the GFCI outlet is not the problem then other devices that are plugged into the garage circuit should be unplugged so that the circuit is clear of any electrical loads, and then attempt to restore power to the circuit.
- If the circuit stays on then one of the disconnected devices has sustained damage and will need to be evaluated and repaired as needed.
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