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Electrical outlets who lose power

There can be a number of problems when this happens. Most times, the easiest way is to go to your electrical panel in your house and reset the circuit breaker. A majority of the time, this works. But then there comes a time when it doesn't, and you're left helpless - or what I seem to have happen a lot is, the handyman who knows just enough to think he can fix it, actually creates more problems. I usually just tell people to do the easy stuff first, and then call a professional next. Because more often than not, it's not a major problem -  but it could be. And now, after having someone tinker around without letting me know what they did, makes matters worse. The biggest problem I usually hear about is when someone's using their hair dryer, and they blow a circuit. Most of the time - especially with the newer homes, they have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFI's) plugs in their bathrooms - which are very sensitive and great for protecting you around areas where water is. They're wired at times where they also are tied into other areas of the house.  So now, upon tripping the circuit - it seems like half the house doesn't work, and none of the breakers at the panel are tripped, but that GFI is. I've had this happen a lot over the years. So remember to first check your GFI's and make sure they're reset before looking into other problems. And also, it could just be an old GFI that starts to go bad - which means it won't reset itself. But, call a professional if it starts to get to be too much, instead of tinkering, because as an electrician, it's easier to troubleshoot something that hasn't been tinkered with. And, this will also keep your costs down to, because I'd have to do extra tracing, etc. when it's been tinkered with, than not.

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my main breaker panel feeding our entire house built 1996 is rated at 150A. Yet if I add up all the breakers inside, they total 600 amps !!! Is this a safety issue? Is it up to code?


No problem. You would never have a situation where every circuit in the panel was loaded to its max. The panel size itself limits the number of breakers, and total number of circuits. The 150 A breaker protects the box itself against too much load on the buses in the back that the breakers connect to. No worries about this.

May 10, 2017 | Electrical Supplies

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Last night, the breaker tripped and we have lost power to the stove, hot water heater and the washer. We reset the breaker however, it dosnt seem like it is pushing enough power out for the stove, hot water heater and washer. We have a stakable washer/dryer and the dryer is working. Please Help!!


That means you have only one live wire running the whole house. If this happens the power sneaks through a 220 volt appliance and feeds the other half of the house but at reduced power (a brown out) This may damage appliances. Reset the main to the house. If it still isn't fixed call the electric company in your region to fix the wires feeding your house

Nov 26, 2013 | General Electric Electrical Supplies

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How old is your wiring? Is it cooper or Aluminiun? Important to Know. What type of electric panel is installed? If I were Your electrician I would locate the Point the panel feed reaches the Circuit( Either Lt Plug Switch Etc.) and track it from outlet to outlet through the complete cir. Youy could have damaged wires or Any number of problems, some times mice chew threw wires in wall. but tracking the circuit down step by step should be easy for a electrician, using a continuity tester. If you test intire ciruit you will find the problem impossible not to.

Jan 01, 2009 | Electrical Supplies

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i bought a home with no home inspection and i have a little electrical problem in the basement area. the house was built in 1978. it looks like one of the previous owners did the basement.basement looks great but the lights in the bathroom, laundry room and spare room dont work all the time, along with some of the plugs in those rooms. the plugs for the laundry room work for the washer and dryer but no lights. when i first looked at the house everything seemed fine then after i got possession i noticed shortly after that those areas would only work every once and awhile. now they barely ever work. they are all on the same fuse and the fuse box is in the on position.what can i do?


POSSIBLY THE EASIEST THING IS FIRST TO DETERMINE ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE ON THE CIRCUITS IN QUESTION AND WORK FROM THERE , AT LOWE'S OR HOME DEPOT OR A GOOD ELECTRICAL STORE YOU CAN PURCHASE A DEVICE CALLED A CIRCUIT FINDER THAT WILL HELP YOU FOLLOW THE CIRCUIT FROM THE PANEL TO EACH PLUG IN OR LIGHT FIXTURE , WHEN YOU GET IT ,It WILL COME WITH DIRECTIONS ON ITS USE IT SIMPLY PLUG IN OUTLETS IT WILL SAY TO PLACE OVER BREAKER BUT SINCE YOU ARE WORKING OUT OF A FUSE PANEL DO THIS PLUG INTO OUTLET YOU THINK IS THE FURTHEST FROM PANEL AND PLACE DEVICE OVER OUTLET NEXT CLOSEST CHECKING BACK TOWARD IF YOU NEED TO PLUG INTO LIGHT FIXTURE USE THE SCREW IN 2 PRONG PLUG LIKE YOU WOULD SCREW IN TO HOOK UP A EXT CORD ETC CHECKING FOR PROBLEMS ALL THE WAY BACK TO AND INC THE FUSE PANEL BY DOING THIS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THE CIRCUIT ROUTING AND HOPEFULLY FIND THE PROBLEM ,HOPE THIS INFO USEFUL

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no display and no heat in oven


Hey worken_man
Try pressing the start button for about 15 seconds. If nothing happens its very likely that the transformer on the controller is busted. If you know how to get to the controller check the primary side (high voltage side) for open circuit. The easiest thing would be to change the controller and not fuss with changing the transformer

Regards

Sep 05, 2008 | Whirlpool RBD275PD Electric Double Oven

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