Testing Circuits and Circuit Breakers
How to Identify Electrical Circuit Failures and Resolve the Problem
How to Identify Electrical Circuit Failures
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I have three outlets in my kitchen, the breaker kept tripping and I thought my breaker needed to be replaced as I had one that actually did (now I believe it was my very old microwave (circa 1984) that was causing the tripping.
- The problem is this, after I replaced the breaker and now none of the outlets are working.
- I did take the old breaker with me to the store so as to get a correct replacement.
- There is juice coming from the breaker.They are on a circuit that went to an old 220v air conditioner.
- These outlets predate GFI, so none are GFI.
This electrical question came from: Rhonda, a Handy-woman from Des Moines, Iowa
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Thanks for your electrical question Rhonda
Identifying Electrical Circuit Failures
Circuit Troubles and Circuit Breaker
Home Electrical Circuit Repairs
- The problem with the described circuit was most likely not the circuit breaker, although at times circuit breakers do go bad, however solving problems with a circuit that does not have power requires a process of elimination.
- The first thing is to unplug everything from the circuit to see if the problem is with one of the appliances.
- This is a process that is best provided by a licensed electrical contractor which involves identifying and testing the circuit from the point of entry and throughout the circuit path.
- Once the problem is discovered the competent electrician will know how to make the repairs which are generally due to a bad connection with one of the wires, which is usually found at one of the device outlet receptacles.
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Testers to Help Solve Electrical Problems
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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
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