I had a bathroom outlet just go out. A hairdryer was plugged in and one
day it worked, the next day it didn't. At the same time I discovered
the other outlet in the same bathroom did not work, nor did the outlet
in the other bathroom. (I'm not sure when the last two worked because I
rarely used them). Then the same weekend an outdoor outlet on the patio
that worked the weekend before stopped working. This outdoor outlet is
at the other end of the house from the bathroom outlet. Also a bedroom
outlet that basically is on the other side of the wall from the bathroom
outlet works. Same with the outdoor outlet--one on the other side of
the wall facing into the kitchen works. We replaced the bathroom
outlet, but it still doesn't work. I have not heard any noises in the
attic, so I don't think mice, etc. are chewing wires. And if something
chewed the wires, wouldn't the outlets opposite them also be out? Any
other ideas why outlets would just go out for apparently no reason?
I suppose I have to call an electrician to determine the problem. Any
idea what this should run? I just read the thread about electricians
I assume you checked your circuit breaker box or fuse box in your garage or
basement. If they are ok it is probably a bad ground fault interrupter GFI.
It either tripped or went bad (very common, last about 10 years). Look to
see if there is a funny looking circuit breaker or if one of the outlets has
2 buttons on it. It may be a bathroom or outdoor or garage or basement
outlet you haven't looked at yet. If you find one with 2 buttons, hit the
reset button. If that doesn't turn everything back on, by a replacement at
Lowes or HD. Turn off the circuit first before replacing of course.
I'm not sure what you mean by the same circuit. Does each breaker
switch control one cirucuit? For example, the breaker switch we use to
turn off the master bedroom and bathroom does not control the outdoor
outlet that is out. There is only GFCI outlet in the whole house that I
can find--in the kitchen, and that doesn't appear to be the cause. Is
there anything in the breaker box I'm missing?
<< Any other ideas why outlets would just go out for apparently no reason? >>
Another common problem with bargain wiring jobs is the failure of the low cost
flimsy back wired outlets and switches. If the first backstabber in a string
fails (and it usually does because it carries more current) then the whole
series goes dead.
So whatever your problem turns out to be, replace the failed units with quality
ones. Make sure to match ratings with wire size for longevity. HTH
So I would need to replace all the outlets one by one to determine which
one caused the problem? What doesn't make sense to me is why a couple
of the outlets went out, but the outlets on the wall directly in back of
them work fine. Wouldn't they be using the same wiring?
The key piece of info here is that it's a bathroom outlet and an outside
outlet, and they quit working at the same time. Most likely this means
that a ground fault interrupter has tripped somewhere, and it supplies
both the bathroom and outside outlets. It's either in the breaker box
or somewhere on the dead circuit -- check for an outlet right next to
the breaker box or in the garage or utility room or one of the bathrooms
that has a TEST and RESET button on it.
There is only one outlet in the entire house with a test/reset button
and it is in the kitchen and works fine. I did hit the buttons just as
to test it, but it hasn't affected the bad outlets. I cannot find any
outlet near the breaker box, which is in the garage. I also cannot see
anything wrong with anything inside the breaker box.
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That is very unlikely!
Codes added bathroom GFI protection the same time they added it for
kitchens. If your kitchen was wired with a GFI (unless it was remodeled
after the code changes) most likely outside and bathroom outlets are GFI
protected as well.
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I found the outlet with the trip. It was one in the corner of the
garage that I never use. I would have been *really* embarrassed if I
had an electrician come out and he just walked over to the outlet and
pushed in the button. Thanks to everyone for helping the
Electrical outlets are often "daisy-chained." Wires go from the breaker to
the 1st outlet, from there to the 2nd, etc. A loose connection on the "out"
side of outlet number 3 means that outlets 4,5,6,....32. quit working.
Problem is, however, outlet #3 seems fine!
Electricians have gizmos they can attach to track the wiring hidden behind
You can find the fault yourself if your hand fits a screwdriver - but you
may have to open a LOT of outlets.
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