I have an odd sort of outlet power failure. I have two outlets,
one downstream from the other, in the back firewall of my garage.
A large air compressor is connected to the downstream one, and
an upright freezer is connected to the other. The compressor is off,
and the freezer is relatively new and working fine (compressor spins
quietly). It's been all hooked up like that for four months or so
without any problems, and I can run the compressor and freezer motor
simultaneously without popping the breaker.
Last week we had a heat wave (I'm in San Diego) and the freezer
complained of a power loss. Checking the outlets, both were dead.
The compressor switch was off. I went out to the breaker box, and
saw that no breakers were tripped. Hmmm. I didn't have a lot of
time to debug it, so I hooked the freezer to a live circuit
from another part of the garage and left it for the night.
Next day I went out to the garage to have a look, and my tester showed
power on both outlets. Huh?
The only difference I can see is that:
1. The freezer is no longer connected
2. It was very hot in the garage the day of the failure, and cooler the
I assume it's a problem with the breaker, since the rest of the system
is just wire. I'll replace the breaker, of course.
I'm just curious if anyone here has seen such intermittent electrical
problems like this, and what would cause it?
- Dave Svoboda, Sandy Eggo