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.
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.
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.
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.
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