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pmorawski

04:36PM | 07/11/11
Member Since: 07/11/11
1 lifetime posts
Hi,
Recently lost any function in a number of outlets on one circuit in the kitchen. I was only running the coffee pot when it happened and the breaker did not trip. I used a receptacle tester and did not get any signal out of any outlet.
Help,
Peter

LarryG

04:48PM | 07/11/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
649 lifetime posts
First test for a tripped gfci. If not then what you do is turn off the breaker for that circuit and open each box for that circuit and check for wires that came off the terminal or back wired"push in" connections that came off. Just make sure you turned off the correct breaker and check for power before you touch anything.Get yourself a non contact voltage tester they come in handy.

danielleb

10:12AM | 07/14/11
Member Since: 12/20/10
127 lifetime posts
Not too long after we moved into Pandora's House, we had several outlets go dead, along with all the lights in the bedrooms. It nearly drove us nuts trying to figure it out until my uncle pushed the gfci in the bathroom. The guy that wired the fans and new plugs, put them all together. May not be your issue but it helped us when we thought outside the box (no pun intended).

mdphelps

01:50PM | 12/17/13
Member Since: 12/17/13
1 lifetime posts
Same problem - outlets along all of the walls in the basement are dead. No breakers appered to be tripped, but I reset all of them anyway and the power was restored to the outlets. A week later the same problem. Any idea of what is causing this?

BV016269

03:03PM | 04/29/18
None of the outlets in my garage are working. I've reset the breaker many times even though it never did trip. There also doesn't appear to be any GFCI outlets associated with these oulets. Is it time to contact an electrician or is it possible that the actual breaker went bad?

BV016340

12:01PM | 05/12/18
Please advise what you found out. I have this exact situation with no breaker tripped nor any GFCI outlets tripped.

Thanks in advance.

Joe metromac2006@yahoo.com

BV017633

07:52PM | 10/09/18
My wife. Used over the stove microwave in the living room ,while kitchen being remodeled,this caused one side lower floor five outlets to go out I changed all five outlets check circuit breakers box everything appears on no trip help

BV017854

07:41PM | 11/02/18
I'm looking at the same problem, but outside outlets I can't find the problem. Tested the GFI OUTLETS and then turned off everything. Now what? Aarrrgh!

BV017871

04:01PM | 11/04/18
4 outlets went bad. , check breaker and it fine , change all four outlets , still same , check with tester and saying neutral , what to do

BV018042

06:28PM | 11/22/18
First check your breaker panel for any tripped breakers. If you rule that out..

Then check your whole house for GFCI outlets. Maybe one has tripped somewhere and is on the same circuit as your dead outlets. Sometimes houses are wired strangely and outlets on opposite sides of the house are placed on the same circuit.

If you can rule out a GFCI tripping, then you might have to begin testing each outlet. To do this find the first outlet on the circuit and replace it. If that outlet works, but rest of circuit is dead, then progress down the line replacing outlets until you can find the outlet responsible for the problem. Many times outlets are daisy chained together and if one goes bad, it takes the rest "downstream" out. If you don't know how to change outlets or if you don't know how to trace circuits, then just call an electrician.

If none of the above works, then call an electrician. It could be a bad breaker that needs replacing or a wire that has broken. I don't recommend messing around with the breaker panel unless you're certified and experienced. Way too dangerous.

BV021729

08:34PM | 02/24/20
4 outlets and 2 switches out. all along one wall. breaker not tripped, no gfi plug. How can I tell which plug or switch is first coming from junction box, or should I change all out????

BV022055

09:43PM | 04/04/20

I have seven receptacles on the same circuit and only four work. What could the problem be?


BV023190

03:35PM | 08/10/20
Did anyone figure this out? I removed a face plate this weekend in order to paint an interior wall. The outlet worked that morning, but stopped working when I was done painting. I thought it was just this outlet, but my wife then noticed three other broken outlets. All 4 in the kitchen.

BV023278

01:42PM | 09/07/20
I disconnect my bathroom fan and now my plug for the razor not work any more why because my fan is disconnected and I put a new outlet and check my breaker still not work can you help me

BV023468

09:07PM | 09/28/20
I’ve dealt with these issues personally a lot . And it can be many stupid things from a plug not done correctly or being dead to a breaker always been flipped because tenants had 4 ac window units so they needed a bigger breaker,

1- is to check and se if breakers are flipped or flimsy you can easily check this by flipping them all off then on again and then proceed to. Check each individual plug with a plug ohm tester . It will read the current with 3 bulbs distinguishing if the wiring is good or completely dead or grounded off . Once you diagnose your issues are sure breakers are ok and not flimsy or half ass you can mark down the bads . And label each plug on the wall with a piece of tape .

2- go and check all your gfci plugs and push the reset button and then switch back on . Once you check those are all now reset you can proceed to hope those are ok , after you ohm check hose with the same wall plug tester . If no current is at all going through your dead before contact if it is live and has a good light you can ok that .

3- electrical is all about knowing what was done previously and without knowing how things were done you are left with a big hole. So if your like me the best thing to do is start small then go big. 1st startbh replacing the bad gfci if it is bad. If not leave alone and replace all bad plugs so you know those are ok. They aren’t expensive and if you turn of your breakers switches , all of them. You will be fine to work on wires if your sure you won’t destroy something. Once you have replaced the dead or bad ones with new and fire on breaker and still doesn’t work . You know know that the main is the issue .

Locate back to your breaker and find the associated fuse that is for the area or bedroom they will be labeled with numbers and hopefully names if done correct . Find them and mark it with a piece of tape .

Now out in your big boy pants ima show u how to do breaker work safely .1st turnoff yourmain breaker then all the rest , now unscrew th ebreaker coverpanel usually it’s held in with 4 bolts .

Once removed look at the panel and find the breaker that was bad . Unscrew the wires going to it and coves each individually with its own tape or wire nut cover ,now pull that breaker off from the back ,it will be tough so take a second and pull with confidence. Now take that to Home Depot ask were the electrical section is find someone and have them show you that breaker.

Return and reversed the process with snapping on the breaker wiring in the positive and negative , put cover on and flip it . Now your set

BV023536

07:09PM | 10/09/20
I just had the same problem all along one side of the kitchen and the island. No tripped breaker. I noticed one of the outlets had test/reset button. I pressed that and it worked

BV023642

10:22PM | 10/20/20
Replace the GFCI outlet. Many times it will show green but the rear of the outlet where your other outlets come to is bad

BV023948

02:23PM | 12/03/20
I was having same issue in bathroom, random gfci outlet in closet tripped, reset it and all good now.

BV024037

07:51PM | 12/17/20
Thank you so much danielb!!!! That was my issue. My lil one was messing with the reset button and it didn’t even cross my mind until I read your suggestion.

BV024383

06:48PM | 02/06/21
Almost same problem but I put in new breaker and new gfic outlet still no power to 3 rooms

BV024454

10:45PM | 02/16/21
An outlet in my garage with gfci switch was tripped. Reset it and now outlets in kitchen and 2 upstairs bathroom work! Problem solved.

BV024508

03:22PM | 02/23/21
Fairly new home built in 2003, never a problem yet. Two rooms with no overhead light working (outlets are working), one room with no lights or outlets. Only thing that has changed in the past year was I installed an outside light, the wires were painted and I mistakenly connected the black to the white and vice-versa. Immediately tripped the breaker so I knew there was something wrong, opened up the light and realized the problem, fixed it, kicked the breaker back on and all was well for the past few months. Now, all of a sudden two rooms without overhead lights (I checked the wall switch and no power there) but power to the outlets, one room still no power to overhead light or wall outlets. Any suggestions?

BV024508

03:23PM | 02/23/21
Fairly new home built in 2003, never a problem yet. Two rooms with no overhead light working (outlets are working), one room with no lights or outlets. Only thing that has changed in the past year was I installed an outside light, the wires were painted and I mistakenly connected the black to the white and vice-versa. Immediately tripped the breaker so I knew there was something wrong, opened up the light and realized the problem, fixed it, kicked the breaker back on and all was well for the past few months. Now, all of a sudden two rooms without overhead lights (I checked the wall switch and no power there) but power to the outlets, one room still no power to overhead light or wall outlets. Any suggestions?

BV024591

10:34PM | 03/04/21
This worked for me, thank you!

BV024736

07:51PM | 03/21/21
So it's 2021 hopefully you guys solved your issues. I just experienced the same thing. 4 outlets dead and no tripped breaker. Turned out to be the 1st outlet if the chain has essentially died.

Without anything plugged into the troubled outlet, none of the outlets work. However with something plugged into the assumed "dead" outlet, all 4 outlets turn out.

Gonna swap outlet tomorrow just to confirm.

BV024748

07:32PM | 03/23/21
In our house, I lost power to my master bath and garage outlets. I called the electrician, and it was the mud room bathroom GFI that had tripped. He came over and pushed the reset and all was well again.

BV024765

12:30AM | 03/27/21
Wife used microwave in dining room and now we have no power to all 6 outlets.

BV024765

12:39AM | 03/27/21
Breaker still good and no GFI popped. Still no power.

BV025037

11:15PM | 05/03/21
I have same from big pop sound from bad extension cord...no gfci in line and i replaced breaker and outlet...any clues how to deal with this? can you test black line with above breaker without switching the white wire to above slot on bar? what should I be looking for or testing please. it is effecting 2 bedrooms on the line

BV025076

09:59PM | 05/08/21
I had no power to three walls my bedroom. All the breakers were checked after reading Daniel post I checked the GFCI and bingo problem solved! Thanks!

BV025202

07:35PM | 05/26/21
BV024736 How did you know which is the first outlet in the chain and how did you verify that the outlet was broken? I have six non GFCI outlets not working in the living room, hallway and first bedroom.

BV025217

08:02PM | 05/29/21
Same old story. One duplex receptacle seemed to be the problem, but three outlets were impacted. One receptacle of the three is the only one I ever use, but I use it daily for a coffee grinder/maker combo appliance. I replaced that one receptacle and all three work fine now. Thanks to whoever started this blog as I was fairly certain but not sure until I read this. Thanks!

BV025270

08:28PM | 06/05/21
Last night I lost power in my bathroom, hallway, and partially in all 3 bedrooms. No breakers tripped. After a lot of trouble-shooting I replaced 5 breakers, 9 outlets, and 4 light switches. Still no power in those areas. There is power going through the breaker, I get 123V on the load side when on and nothing when flipped off. None of the outlets I replaced have power...all others in house work. Can a light fixture or ceiling fan be the culprit?? What’s the likelihood of a damaged wire somewhere I haven’t seen yet??

BV025523

11:27AM | 06/27/21
Good advice y’all and you’re right. It was the one in the bathroom that had a gcfi. I had plugged one of them darn air fresheners and at some point burnt out and tried the outlets gcfi

BV025694

02:00AM | 07/26/21
Check/ reset GFCI wherever it may be! They are usually linked together! I had outlet go out in one bathroom(not gfci) breaker did not trip! I went to the other bathroom that had a GFCI outlet and reset it! Problem fixed!


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