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missongwriter

07:38PM | 12/07/06
Member Since: 12/07/06
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we have alot of christmas lights hooked up to outside outlets first of all, and we have been blowing fuses left and right! we have an old house, it was built in 1965, and the wiring is old in the front of the house, but in the newer part of the house its newer, all of a sudden, the outlets went out, its just in certain parts of the house, the washing machine doesnt work in the untility room, the outlets either, in the front of the house the outlets wont work, we also have electric heaters in each room, we have checked all of the fuses, they arent blown and we pulled the main breaker its ok, help, what could it be?

househelper

09:31AM | 12/08/06
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
Are all of these receptacles on the same circuit?

If you have fuses, replace the fuse since sometimes a visual inspection doesn't tell you it is blown.

You may have a GFCI receptacle that has tripped..look in the kitchen, garage, outside, or bathroom.

You may also have receptacles wired using the push-in connections instead of the screws...these are bad about coming loose.

Cut back on the number of Christmas lights too

Techgromit

06:22AM | 12/28/06
Member Since: 12/27/06
14 lifetime posts
A lot of older home have way too much on each circuit, when I brought my house a few years ago built in the 1950's, I broke up the cicuits into 2 and 3 new circuits. The Washer should be on its own circuit, just how many outlets are not working? You mentioned heaters, do they work? Are the the plug in kind or are attached to the walls and hardwired?
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