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05:53AM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
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Yesterday, while drying my hair and running the dryer and small space heater, the electricity went off to the back half of the house. Thinking that it was a circuit, I went downstairs and checked the switches. Even though they were all in the on position, I flipped them as well as the master breaker. Nothing changed. Is there something else that I should be doing? Other than not running the dryer, heater and hairdryer simultaneously??

Thanks for your feedback.


08:43AM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
Do you have any resettable GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupt) outlets? Usually found in bathrooms, one of those may have tripped. They usually have 2 buttons, one red, one black. If it is tripped you can reset by pressing the button marked "reset".
(They may be anywhere in the house or garage.)

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited December 10, 2002).]


09:05AM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Is the dryer out also? If it is and your main is not tripped I think you call the power company and have them check your incoming power. One side of your service may have gone out. If the dryer is out it will not be GFCI.

doug seibert

10:14AM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
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Is there another fuse or circuit breaker "box" someplace?

[This message has been edited by doug seibert (edited December 10, 2002).]

Electrical Inspector

01:10PM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 09/27/02
73 lifetime posts
an apt diagnostic, assuming a 240v dryer


04:47PM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
2 lifetime posts
Thank you all for your helpful responses. For reasons I don't understand, the power switched on after repeatedly flipping the circuit breakers. Go figure.


03:21AM | 12/11/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
You can be misled by trying the dryer unless you verify whether it's heating. The motor runs on 120.

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