We Have An Electrical Outlet That Does Not Work, How Do We Find Out What Is Wrong?


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Larry Dimock Profile
Larry Dimock answered
Without knowing anything more (like what room it is in, when the house was built), I'd advise doing this. Plug a turned on lamp with a good incandescent bulb into that outlet. Have someone watch the bulb like a hawk to notice if it blinks on even for a split second while you do the following. Go around to all outlets in the area, including nearby rooms, and plug something else into these, one after another, wiggling that item side-to-side a bit in each receptacle. You could also pound on the wall or ceiling by switches and lights. If your partner at any time yells that they saw any light from that bulb, you are at the place that needs a connection improved. Turn off power to investigate and repair there.
Dave Profile
Dave answered
Home improvement stores have a multi-led tester that will show you if voltage is present, ground or neutral is missing, etc.  First be sure it is not a GFI (ground fault interrupted) circuit that just needs resetting. If it is a GFI outlet it will have a red reset button between the two outlets. 
thanked the writer.
Tammy Pereira
Tammy Pereira commented
Thank You. The tester shows no electricity coming to it. Now what? Guess there is no easy answer to this one!

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