Why a Garage Lost Power to Outlets
I lost power in my garage, how can I fix this? Why Garage Outlets Trip Off and How to Reset the Power.
Garage GFCI Receptacle Outlets and Electrical Circuits
Electrical Question: I lost power in my garage, how can I fix this?
- I have a problem with my garage outlet circuit.
- I was using a small snow blower running from a receptacle in the garage.
- The blower cut out and power went off in the garage and emergency light went on.
- I checked the circuit breaker for garage which was OK.
- Then I opened the electrical panel box and the wire feeding the garage circuit is hot.
- I can’t get the power back on in the garage.
- I unscrewed the emergency light to see if that was causing the problem. It won’t go on and I can’t get the power back on in the garage.
This electrical question came from: Stephen, a Homeowner from Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey.
Thanks for your electrical question Stephen.
How Garage Receptacle Outlets are Protected by GFCI
Stephen, from what you have described, it is probable that there is a GFCI receptacle outlet in your garage that has tripped off and just needs to be reset.
Why Garage Outlets Trip Off and How to Reset the Power
General purpose receptacle outlets in the garage are required to be protected for ground faults by a GFCI device . Look in the garage for a GFCI outlet and push the reset button to restore the garage power. In some homes a GFCI breaker has been installed in the electrical panel for the garage circuit. Locate the GFCI circuit breaker that has tripped into the middle position between on and off. To reset the GFCI breaker switch the breaker into the off position, then back into the on position. This should get your garage power restored so you can get back to clearing snow with your electric snow blower.
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