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Why Kitchen Receptacles Quit Working

Kitchen receptacles typically do not need to be replaced if they stop working. Counter top receptacles in the kitchen are protected by a GFI device such as a GFI receptacle or a GFI circuit breaker.

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[ad#block]Electrical Repair Question: There is a receptacle in my kitchen that just quit working.

This electrical question came from: Cheryl, a Homeowner from Jackson, MI

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Repair question Cheryl.

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2 Responses to “Why Kitchen Receptacles Quit Working”
  1. Lou I says:

    One bedroom lost all electricity today when a high intensity lamp was turned on with a burned out bulb. This lamp has been working fine for a year. The room also had a space heater plugged into an outlet which has been working without issue for 2 years. The night stands each have a lamp on them which are switched by a common toggle. The circuit breaker didn’t pop. But it is working properly because I tested it (15A). I have looked at three outlets. One where the heater was plugged in and one where the lamp was plugged in and one which is switched. There are more including the toggle outlet. Am I on the right track with my troubleshooting? I’m running out of ideas. New York

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Lou
    First and foremost make sure this circuit is OFF before continuing.
    From what you have stated, you are on the right track. No doubt there is a loose wire, burnt connection or burnt splice at one of the outlet locations, either where the wires connect to the receptacle or a group of wires are spliced. Every once and a while the problem may be that the neutral wire of this circuit has been burnt and become disconnected back at the panel where it attaches to the neutral terminal bar. If this is the case the white insulation of the neutral wire may have discolored due to a deteriorating connection. This is easily solved by cutting off the bad area, re-stripping the wire and relocating into a clean unused terminal.
    Please be aware that I do not recommended homeowners do any work in electrical panels, where experienced licensed electricians are best able to identify and make repairs.
    Be Safe,