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How fix a dead electric recepticle
The first thing to check is to be sure the outlet is not on an outlet with a GFCI or AFCI. Those are protection devices that are used in unfinished areas or wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Electrcians can wire outlets some distance away from the actual device (AFCI or GFCI) and when it trips you cannot tell without looking for it. To tell if that is the case in an outlet, there are two buttons on the outlet with R and T on them. R means reset and T means test. Press the R on the outlet to reset it. If that does not change the situation, look in the breaker box for those ACFI and GFCI devices to be incorporated into a breaker and be sure that they are not tripped. IF that is not the case and no ACFI or GFCI is present, then you need to locate the circuit breaker for the outlet that you are working on AND SHUT IT OFF. Once this is done you can remove the cover plate on the outlet and then the screws holding the outlet. Pull the outlet from the box and check the wires. IF the wires appear ok, you need to see where that outlet connects to. THis connection can be to another outlet in the same room of it may connect to the box and the ceiling where the light is located. You need to check for all the connections in the celing box and look at the wire nut that the electricians use to be sure the connections are good. In some cases the connections can come loose and the outlet fails.
on Nov 22, 2019
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