Testing and Repairing Outlet Wiring
How to Test and Repair Outlet Wiring: Having a Circuit Analyzer style plug in tester that will check the power and polarity of your home receptacle outlets is invaluable.
Repairing an Outlet Problem
Electrical Question: How do I fix an outlet problem when my tester shows that the hot and ground are reversed?
I have two floor outlets in a small room that I use for my office. One morning last week I had both computers running and a couple of hours later they were dead. Resetting the circuit breaker didn’t restore power to them and my pocket tester reported that the hot and ground were reversed. Is this something I need an electrician to fix or should I just turn the breaker off again and reset the wires to the outlets?
This electrical wiring question came from: Steve, a Homeowner from Modesto, California.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Steve.
How to Test and Repair Outlet Wiring
Steve, from the information that you have provided the circuit wiring at the floor outlets will need to be corrected, however it is unknown who installed the wiring or why the wiring is reversed. When a situation such as this arises then it is best to inspect the entire circuit for any other abnormalities which will be best identified by a qualified electrician who will then be able to make any corrections to ensure circuit integrity. Without knowing your level of expertise I can only say that you will have to make the decision about the next step to take. Again, I have very limited information about the history of the circuit wiring in question. At best, electrical wiring corrections such as this may be fairly easy to resolve once they have been discovered. As for the disposition of your computer equipment, we can only hope for the best.
- Having a Circuit Analyzer style plug in tester that will check the power and polarity of your home receptacle outlets is invaluable.
- These handy little testers can test and diagnose outlet wiring with a visual display of three lights.
- This alone may save you a lot of grief.
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