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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and When a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Won't Reset
Usually, when an outlet goes dead, the fix is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by doing the work yourself. Flash Electrical Contracting will explain what's involved in troubleshooting a dead outlet. This article covers how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work, they'll explain where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Needle-nose pliers
- Safety glasses
- Voltage tester
Troubleshooting the Outlet:
- Go to the panel to check the breaker. The cause for receptacles not having power starts at the panel, if there is a breaker tripped you will have to reset this breaker which sometimes needs to be pushed in the off direction first to reset and then back on position.
- With your voltage tester at the receptacle, you should be able to test for power if the breaker needed to be reset. If there was no tripped breaker then you will have to determine if this receptacle is Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI) or not. Typically a GFI receptacle has a test and reset button right on the receptacle, if this is the case you will need to hit the reset button. If this a GFI but it still didn’t fix the problem, the receptacle will likely have to be changed.
- If the receptacle is not a GFI, then you will have to remove the receptacle and the cover. Pull the receptacle straight out from the wall and test with your voltage tester for power on all screws. If there is no power in this box at all then you will likely need an electrician.
- If there is power there, you will need to shut the breaker off and confirm at the receptacle that you no longer have power. Once there is no power there you can verify there are no loose wires or screws where connections are made. Return all wires back to their normal position (black wire/gold screw, white wire/silver screw, ground wire/ green screw).
- Re-test the receptacle for working condition and put everything back to normal.
When an outlet goes dead, it's easy to jump to conclusions and assume the worst. But more often than not, the problem is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by taking a few steps to trace the cause. Don't worry if you're not comfortable doing electrical work. Better than half the time, you'll solve the problem without even lifting a tool. We'll explain how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work. we'll explain where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them.
Of course, there will always be problems that are best left to an electrician at Flash Electric but if you take these steps first, there's a good chance you'll find the solution.
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