Garage electric outlets not working

Hi,
I recently moved into my first house (year built 1993). After a week, I noticed that the electric outlets in the garage not working along with one outlet outside just adjacent to garage. I checked all the GFCIs. I checked all the circuit breakers. They look ok. I got onto the attique and couldn't find where those outlets are feeding from. The grage door opener and the light bulbs in garage are working fine. They are fed from seperate line. Is there a way that I can troubleshoot/find out where these outlets are feeding from? Is there anything I can do from my side or is it better to call an electrician?
Thanks for help.
Basha
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Basha wrote:

TEST and RESET each GFCI receptacle.
Switch the GFCI circuit breaker to the OFF position and then back ON.
Sometimes they can look like they are On when not.
Jim
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If that doesnt work..Keep looking, theres another one
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Yep. Sometimes that "fail open."
Take the cover off and use a VOM or a neon test to see whether you have power coming to the GFCI. If you do, REPLACE it. If you don't look "up stream."

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Basha,
You need to determine where you have power and where you do not. I suspect that there is another GFCI that you are not aware of that may have tripped....look again. If not, you need to buy a cheap circuit tester at your local hardware store. Some only need to be close to detect power. You then need to see where your power stops. It must either be a tripped GFCI, a bad breaker, or a disconnected wire. Also, try turning the breaker off and then back on...sometimes it is hard to tell when they have tripped. If you don't know what you are doing, call an electrician.
Bill

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Basha wrote:

Hi, Some times good looking GFCI breakers can be bad. Have a multi-meter? Get an El Cheapo one if not, very handy for trouble-shooting. Tony
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Get yourself a good circuit tester such as the A.W. Sperry CS-600A to find the breaker. Rich http://www.garage-door-hardware.com

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Several replies about finding a GFCI are usually correct. Back in the 1990's, the GFCI outlets could be hidden almost anywhere - today they are usually closer to the affected outlet.
Sneaky places the GFCI may be located:
Bathroom. Usually needed here, it may feed the garage. Kitchen. Sometimes underneath the sink feeding the garbage disposal, may also feed the garage. Water heater closet. Will not feed an electric water heater, but sometimes the closet is close to the garage, and the GFCI may be hidden in there just because it's convient.
-- Tom

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No it may not, unless some jackleg wired the circuit.

Try every bathroom and lavatory, the basement, and mud room.

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check the bathroom
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Basha posted for all of us....

Like the other answers it's a GFCI somewhere, look for outside outlets too.
--
Tekkie

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Basha wrote:

Even if the breakers look ok, try switching them off-and-on.

Since I was alone and kept going up-and-down from the attic to the basement and into-and-out of several rooms, it took me a few hours to figure out the wiring in a house that I moved into. However, it depends on how much of your wiring is visible and/or accessible.
Correlate the wiring with circuit breakers - if you know which circuit breaker controls which outlet/receptacle, then start from there and trace the wiring to other outlets and receptacles till you figure out each circuit. If you do this one circuit at a time and draw it on a few pieces of paper, you'll have complete understanding of the wiring in your house, which will help in the long run.
-- Himanshu
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