Latest Discussions : Electrical & Lighting

rosalyn

03:07PM | 06/21/06
Member Since: 06/20/06
4 lifetime posts
All bathroom outlets in the house don't have power in them. However, there is still light in the bathrooms. Other outlets are ok, just the ones in the bathrooms don't work. Also, the electric breaker for the bathrooms did not trip. I tried to switch on and off all breakers but no change. Any ideas for what to look into?

Thanks!

Rosalyn

Roofus

03:19PM | 06/21/06
Member Since: 05/23/05
24 lifetime posts
You must have a GFI circuit that is been activated. GFI's are receptacles that are usually used around wet locations to prevent electrocution in wet/water/damp locations, its a safety measure. Go around the bathroom and reset all the GFI's. There is a "test" and "reset" button, push the test and then the reset button, see what happens. If it trips again or won't reset then you have a Ground Fault somewhere and probably need to call an expert.

Billhart

04:28PM | 06/21/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Current codes require dedicated circuits for bathrooms.

However when GFCI's where first required the bathroom circuits did not have to be dedicated and GFCI's where relatively expensive.

So it was common practice to wire all bathrooms, outside receptacles, and garge receptacles on one circuit with one GFCI. So check ALL BATHROOMS and the garage receptacles for a GFCI.

And do to remodeling they may have been moved.

Someone reporting finding one in a closet.


rosalyn

04:51PM | 06/21/06
Member Since: 06/20/06
4 lifetime posts
Thank you both for your suggestions! One bathroom had a GFCI, so I tried resetting it by pressing test and then reset, but no change.

We also tried turning off the power, unscrewing the outlets and checking for loose connections inside the boxes, but all connections seem to be good.

I will look to see if I can find another GFCI outlet. Otherwise, I will have to call an electrician.

Thanks again!

Rosalyn

rosalyn

05:05PM | 06/21/06
Member Since: 06/20/06
4 lifetime posts
Actually, we tried again to reset the GFCI box and it worked this time. Now all outlets are working again! Thanks much for the help!

Rosalyn


BV001262

04:28PM | 06/08/13
Thank you for this! Exact same problemI found mine in the laundry room (although the washer dryer and everything worked nothing was plugged into it and it was in a random spot :)

BV005518

10:57AM | 08/31/14
found the outlet in the guest bathroom and all outlets in the four bathrooms are now working.

BV006625

05:57PM | 12/30/14
This article helped greatly. Thank you. My GFCI was in the garage, and pressing the reset button brought back electricity into all the bathroom outlets.

Contractor John

04:38PM | 01/04/15
Member Since: 01/04/15
56 lifetime posts
A favorite trick when the bathroom backed up to the kitchen was to run the bathroom off the kitchen GFI or vice versa
Contractor John
http://contractorjohn.com

BV006753

09:35PM | 01/14/15
I am having this same problem and I have pressed test and reset on all the GFI outlets about three times now and reset the breaker 3 times even though none of the outlets or breaker box appeared to be tripped. What is the next thing I can try or do I need to call an electrician?

BV006884

06:10PM | 02/01/15
Ha, this finally helped me locate the issue when I had the same problem. I knew GFCI was likely the problem and had tried resetting all the ones i could find, including in the garage... However, i'd overlooked the exterior outlet on the back deck. Sure enough, it had tripped, and resetting it got everything working again. Was about to call an electrician - that could have been embarrassing!

BV009636

07:34PM | 11/29/15
Same issue here.......no power to bathroom outlets....I found the GFI that needed resetting in my basement.....

BV009786

09:21PM | 12/13/15
YELLOW LIGHT ON GFI OUTLET IS ON AND I CANNOT REST BY PUSHING RESET BUTTON. WHAT TO DO?

BV009979

07:30PM | 01/03/16
Thank you so much for the comments here. Same exact problem for me so I went searching for GFI outlet. Like others have mentioned, I found my GFI outlet in the garage in an obscure location. Reset the button and all is good! Glad I found this thread.

BV010149

11:04AM | 01/16/16
Right on. The 3rd bathroom outlet had tripped and needed to be reset. Thanks so much!

BV010835

07:07PM | 03/09/16
I have power to all wires in the outlet put still not working 120 volts on the wires nothing in the socket

BV011984

08:58PM | 06/17/16
Both bathroom outlets do not have power (non gfci outlets). After reading this I went on a hunt around the house for a gfci. Found one outside - did nothing. Then found another under kitchen sink garbage disposal is plugged in to. Got excited thinking this was it. Pushed test and reset a couple times and now the garbage disposal does not work either... Amy suggestions? Flipped every single breaker in the panel.

BV010734

10:46AM | 06/19/16
Look for a reset button under the disposal itself.

BV012000

08:09PM | 06/19/16
THANK YOU!!! Found the outlet in the garage, pushed the set/reset buttons a couple of times, and now the outlets in the house all work fine. 10 minutes of hunting the outlet saved me about $200 for an electrician to come push the same buttons. Thanks so much!

BV012104

01:55PM | 06/30/16
Thanks for this thread, had no lights or power to outlets in my half bath - I'd flipped all my circuits and had no success. I live in an old building so based on these suggestions found the reset button in the other bathroom and it fixed the problem.

BV012535

05:25PM | 08/13/16
Our outlets in the bathrooms were not working this morning when I turned on the blow dryer. Went to other bathroom, not working there either. All other outlets in the house working. Not an emergency so we just decided we would fool with it later. We ran some errands and when we got back I did just as my daughter has done many times, Googled "wall plugs in bathrooms do not work". Bob Vila community forum came up with the exact question. Info was "however when GFCI's were first required the bathroom circuits did not have to be dedicated and GFCI's where relatively expensive. So it was common practice to wire all bathrooms, outside receptacles, and garge receptacles on one circuit with one GFCI. So check ALL BATHROOMS and the garage receptacles for a GFCI. I remembered that yesterday hubby ran an extension cord from washer plug to a fan in the garage. I asked him if it was because outlets didn't work in garage, he said yes. I then told him what I had read and if there must be a GFCI plug in the garage. He reluctantly went to look. Bingo! Reset GFCI and plugs are now working. Problem solved! Thank you Bob Vila.

BV013004

06:50PM | 09/27/16
exact same problem with lights working but no power in outlets. Found the reset switch in one of the powder room. Now outlets work.

Thanks for the support.

BV013445

12:17PM | 11/28/16
I have reset all of the GFI but the one in my bathroom will not reset. Do I need to get a new GFI put in. I have not power to any of my bathroom outlets. The other 2 GFI outlets are in the kitchen and they reset fine.

BV014321

07:26PM | 07/21/17
Keep looking for another GFI trip. I just spent 4 hours working on this and then found a trip by my garage door that I look at every day. I reset that and then reset the one in the restrooms. All is good! Boy did I feel STUPID!! lol

BV014365

04:56PM | 07/28/17
Same issue here my upperfloor all washroom outlet not working, just found my GFI in the washroom as ground level just press test button and then reset button, everthing good to go now.

BV014523

04:11PM | 08/17/17
No GFI in 2 of 3 bathrooms. 3rd bathroom has GFI. It was tripped. Reset...all bathroom outlets now working. Thanks

BV014957

03:47PM | 10/19/17
Thank you everyone who replied to this chain. Completely helped me and I learned so much! I have a Garage GFI breaker and an outlet. Reset both and the problem was instantly solved!

BV014990

09:41AM | 10/25/17
Great info - I had the same issue where the bathroom outlets were not working and none of them were the GFI type with the internal breaker. Tried resetting the main breaker and it did not fix the issue but then I located a GFI outlet in the garage and reset... problem solved!

BV015203

12:58PM | 11/25/17
Yes! GFCI was on an unused, virtually hidden outlet in the garage. Made my day.

BV015644

01:00PM | 02/05/18
I love the internet!!! Had the same issue, tried all the GFCI's all around the house. Was ready to open up the electrical plates until I came to this site. My GFCI that controlled the bathrooms happened to be in my garage. Why? Who cares, it was there and now we all good.

BV015646

02:39PM | 02/05/18
I have the same problem in my house but I could find only one gfci outlet in the kitchen which of course I reset but not fix the problem idk where else to took for gfci outlets, can it be only one in the whole house?

BV015949

08:04PM | 03/18/18
Billhart
04:28PM | 06/21/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Current codes require dedicated circuits for bathrooms.

However when GFCI's where first required the bathroom circuits did not have to be dedicated and GFCI's where relatively expensive.

So it was common practice to wire all bathrooms, outside receptacles, and garge receptacles on one circuit with one GFCI. So check ALL BATHROOMS and the garage receptacles for a GFCI.

And do to remodeling they may have been moved.

Someone reporting finding one in a closet.

I am shocked. Both the bathrooms had tripped and I could not for the life of me find the answer. When I read your post, it literally described what I was experiencing, 2 tripped bathrooms, a tripped porch light and then I finally found it. The GFCI in the garage… the garage?!!!

Anyways, that was hilarious.

Jason

BV016080

09:26AM | 04/06/18
I was washing my hands and the lights went out! Now none of the wall switches or wall plugs work except gfi! Breaker is fine! Help please!

BV016080

09:36AM | 04/06/18
No power in switches or outlets except gfi! My master also has no power even in outlets but for farthest w all from bathroom!

BV016097

12:28AM | 04/08/18
Roofus, thank you, sir.

BV016212

04:28PM | 04/22/18
Billhart, you saved my life. Could not find why my plugs weren't working. Stupid GFI in garage!

BV016517

01:23PM | 06/03/18
I found my GFI in the garage. Thank you guys

BV016715

05:41PM | 06/26/18
Thank you. It worked!

BV016746

08:52AM | 06/30/18
This thread saved me $200. As a clueless new homeowner thank you to all.

BV016954

01:07PM | 07/24/18
Awesome thread. I was about to part with some $ that I can't spare this month. A regular outlet in my garage (with the reset switch on it), cured all my problems, once I reset it. Thanks so much!!!

BV017170

11:44PM | 08/17/18
I am having the same problem as everyone else - dead outlets in both bathrooms. The breakers are fine so it must be the GFI but where is it?!! I've lived in this townhouse for 28 years. Walls have been painted, furniture has been rearranged over the years and I have never seen anything that remotely looks like the picture. I don't have a garage, just a carport and one outlet on the patio. The laundry/storage room is part of the carport and houses the washer, dryer and hot water heater which are on their own breakers. I'm stumped!

BV017281

03:40PM | 08/30/18
I looked all over the house and garage for a GFI to reset. No luck even finding one. Then I remembered seeing one on the covered outlet on the patio. Light was yellow, pressed test and reset a few times and yellow light went out. Outlet in master bathroom working again... Glad I found this post!

BV017757

08:46PM | 10/21/18
Thank u for this post, one day all of my bathroom outlets went out. After reading everyone’s reply’s, I found my GFI in my garage, I pressed RESET and they work now.

BV017859

06:32PM | 11/03/18
YAA I found the GFI switch in the kitchen. I am so happy and proud of myself. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THE ADVICE!
Elizabeth Brady

BV017921

11:38AM | 11/10/18
Thank you all so much! There is no reset outlet in my house but I flipped the breaker for the dishwasher and now after 5 weeks my bathroom outlets finally work!

BV017996

01:46PM | 11/16/18
THANK YOU! This thread helped me fix the problem w/out calling my electrician!!

BV018191

05:34PM | 12/12/18
The outlets in two second floor bathrooms not working (first floor bathroom is fine). They are both gfi , with test/reset, but that does not work.

The bathrooms also share a wall. One is master and other is in the hallway.

Even though they are both gfci, could it still be the same problem? This is my mothers condo and I believe all the outlets are gfci.

No trips in the breaker.

BV018198

03:07AM | 12/14/18
Help I have 2 bathrooms and electric sockets not working. The house is 14 months old. I have one gfi in the garage I re set it 3 times still nothing. I checked the breakers and reset the house gfi still nothing. I also checked outside nothing. Any suggestions????

BV018479

12:37PM | 01/22/19
I read this whole post. I’ve been without power in my bathroom, walk-in closet and bedroom for 5 days now. Trying to avoid calling electrician. Was going to bite the bullet today but decided to go online for a dyi fix. Read a different post and YAY got my power back on!!!!!!
What I did was tried multiple times to reset gfi nothing worked, even got a pointy object to press harder, didn’t help. Decided to look in garage—-nothing
Then read other post which recommended to switch off all switches including the MAIN switch. My panel is labeled for the outlets in the house so I only kept switching that one off and on. I noticed one switch didn’t go back as solid as all the others. It would land almost halfway between on and off. I pushed it to on position, but wouldn’t click in. Thought I would need to replace the switch. So I tried one last time.
Switched everyone of the switches in the panel to off including the main. Then one by one switched them all back on This time the stubborn switch clicked in perfectly. POWER!!!!!!

BV018627

05:09PM | 02/07/19
Finally found the one in my townhouse (with no garage) in the downstairs bathroom.Test and reset worked. All outlets in all 3 bathrooms (the 1 downstairs and 2 upstairs) are now working again. If you think you've checked everywhere.. CHECK AGAIN. I overlooked mine 3 times before realizing it was there.

BV019128

08:47PM | 04/19/19
Bathroom outlets not working. Reviewed these responses. Located all the GFCIs, tested/ reset. Yay! Victory!. Thanks to all! Happy Easter!

BV019524

08:45AM | 06/14/19
Yep, Thanks to the forum. I have been searching for GFCL everywhere. I got one in Kitchen, but is limited only in Kitchen , not in bathroom. I searched everywhere but not success. I have almost given up and thinking to hire electrician to get fixed all the outlets in all bathrooms.
But, one day, I got surprised seeing the GFCI in garage covered with the foam and hanging board. I believe that previous house owner kept it secret from their kids.
I found it, without delay I did switch ON and checked all the outlets, yes power in every outlet.
So, there must be somewhere, you will get it the GFCI.
Thanks and hope this helps to get power in bathroom outlets in your home.

BV019994

01:51AM | 08/07/19
Thank you guys mine had the same problem and thanks to this article now there working

BV020294

09:10PM | 09/05/19
Wow thanks!GFI tripped in another bathroom. Fan and outlets in problem bathroom that had no GFI are working again.

BV020330

11:42PM | 09/09/19
Thank you to everyone!! Same situation and we found a popped gfci outlet in the garage and now all our bathrooms are working again.

BV020394

01:35PM | 09/17/19
same problem... happens 2 times a year or so... I never able to find the main GFCI yet... but the strange thing is the power returns after a few weeks and/or months... seems strange since I didn't reset a GFCI... unless we have ghosts, what would explain the power coming back in the bathroom outlets on their own?


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button

Anonymous

Post new button or Login button
Register