I have one room in my entire house that has lost power. The overhead
lights do not work and neither do any of the outlets. I have reset all of
the circuit breakers in the box by cycling the off then back on. Of
course, this did not work. Further, I removed the cover panel to ge to
the exposed wires and I used a test light on all of the wired to ensure
that I had power going to then. all of them gave me a light, so I know
that I have power going to each circuit. All of the other power sources
in the house are fine, except for this one particular room. I have rest
all GFI outlets in the house.
One problem that I have is that I am unable to determine which breaker is
for this room. The panel is NOT clearly listed for this particular
Any suggestions from here?
If you have power at each pair of wires leaving each breaker, then
obviously it's not the breaker at fault. As somebody else suggested,
you've lost either feed or neutral at some branch point that feeds that
particular room (although I'd say it's possible someone disconnected
it, the description you provide indicates it "just happened"). Start
by removing each cover plate and checking for loose neutral or hot
wires. Alternatively, it's possible a feed through an outlet may have
failed because the outlet itself has failed. Look for any signs of
overheating, etc. Of particular place of suspicion are any places that
used the rear entry "stab-lock" stripped wire connections instead of
the side screw terminals. Of course, be careful of live circuits or
turn breakers off. Eventually, you should find a
1. Who ever did work on your house, NEVER let them touch another damn
thing. Not clearly labeled, freaking boobs. :)
2. Don't do any work on electrical systems, especially energized
ones, without being properly trained.
3. Evaluate what is worth more, the few bucks you save doing the work
yourself, or getting an electrician in to find the problem(which
sounds simple) and labeling your panel correctly.
Now if this was ME:
I would start labeling the panel. I would use either a circuit
tracer, or a loud radio, and cycle breakers, and label. Soon I would
find the last breaker to the 'dead' bedroom.
Then I would check for proper landing of all wires, "you might have a
If all panel wiring is ok, then I would try and 'guess' the place
where the home run goes to and check wire connections, hopefully not
box by box. This should be the end, and then I will fix wires as
Now this isn't a how-to, just enlightening you to what you might get
when you get an electrician to fix the problem.
Make sure all the neutral connections are tight in the electrical
Next, I would take a flashlight and look at the room from overhead. If
you can see a cable going all the way back to the panel from that area
there is a good chance that you can guess what devise it is going to.
The light fixture in the center of the room is a good guess.
You can turn off all the 15/20 amp single pole breakers or be very
safe and turn off the panel long enough to take the device out of the
wall/ceiling. Turn the breakers back on. If it is hot, you can go
from there. If it is not, then maybe, you have rats.
If it is hot there then you can the you have a
using a neon tester in one bare hand and your other hand in your
electrician's pocket, have him check each outlet for any signs of ac
hot glow in tester. if you have hot, the neutral may be broken
somewhere to the room. have your helper turn off the breakers to turn
off the glow in the tester. number all the outlets with that circuit
number. turn off the breaker.
open and inspect the commonly used lightswitch and outlet which
supplies power to any heater device and look for trouble.
also: following the [stamped into the main box metal] numbers of the
number each cover plate of each switch and outlet throughout the home
with a sharpie marker.
draw a numbered layout notebook with one page for each room numbering
these outlets and switches and devices.
plug in a circuit tester -- those with 3 lights selling for $5 to $10
if no lights are on, then perhaps your "hot" has a break somewhere or the
breaker is off
if it says open neutral, then you can concentrate on checking the neutral
wires along the way, and this is not a breaker issue
determine the breaker by process of elimination:
turn off one breaker at a time and determine what has been turned off in the
when you found one that does nothing, that is probably the one controlling
your room without power
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