Electrical Problem


Home is 2 years old and 3 outlets in kitchen and pantry area not working. Tried circuit breakers and none appear to be tripped. Circuit also contains under cabinet lighting and they are not working either. Where do I start looking for the problem?
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hwb wrote:

Start looking for GFI outlets. The may be in a bath outside the basement etc. They have a test and rest button on them Chances are one or more have tripped and you need to rest it.
Also it is not always easy to see a tripped circuit breaker.
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Unplug any appliances that maybe plugged into your receptacles to start.
Best to manually reset applicable breakers to start.....don't rely on just a visual inspection. Toggle the breaker to it's off position, let it sit for a couple of seconds then toggle it back to it's on position.
If still no power, then as previous poster suggested, check for GFI (maybe in main power box or on individual outlet(s). Again don't rely on just a visual; manually reset it. If circuit is on receptacle GFI, then the GFI breaker will more than likely trip before the main breaker.
If power comes back on, then plug any applicable appliances in one at a time to see which one is causing the breaker to trip.
If power doesn't come back on, then it's circuit tracing, voltage measuring, visual inspection of wiring, receptacles etc time.
Hope this helps....... :-)
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hwb wrote:

Find the GFCI (Ground Fault Current Interrupter), which will look like an outlet with a couple of buttons (Test and Reset) in the middle.
Reset it.
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wrote:

On split receptacles as on counter I've found the nuetral bad, measure between the top & bottom plugs to see if you have 220v. Sometimes there is a mar in the device box rather than direct to the screws. jesse
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hwb wrote:

When more than one outlet fails (and there's no GCFI involved), you've got a loose wire in a device. It could be one of the three or it could be the device immediately upstream from the three.
These suckers are daisy-chained, like Christmas tree lights. When one comes "unplugged" all the rest in the chain fail.
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HeyBub wrote:

I would hope that he has GFI's since the home is only 2 years old and they are kitchen outlets.

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You don't say if they were ever working. Most say that outlets quit working. It they have never worked and you just discovered this, you could have a big problem.
Anyway, as suggested, check the GFCI's. The reset for these are on the outlets. They have a red test and a black reset button. There should be an indicator light to show that the outlet has power. The other two that are out are most likely normal looking breakers that are protected by the special outlet.
Also as suggested, you should manually switch all the breakers off in the panel and back on.
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Are you sure? On some breakers there is a separate "tripped" position between on and off. Try turning each possible breaker off than on.
Then, identify the breakers so you'll know which one controls what. Not just some excessively-generic label like "lights".

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hwb posted for all of us...

Done a lot of research have you?
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