One of the electrical outlets (115V) in our kitchen does not work due
to overloading. Power failure occurred immediately after a 1000 watt
microwave oven and another heating oven were powered on at the same
time from one receptacle. I went down to the basement thinking that
all it needs is replacing a blown fuse, but I was disappointed to see
a 30 Amp fuse instead of 15 amp for our kitchen area. The fuse was not
blown and thus all other electrical outlets in the kitchen are
working. Obviously, something other than fuse was blown or damaged.
I unscrewed the electrical outlet and saw one white wire, one black
wire and the third ground wire. When I measured the voltage using my
voltmeter, I do not get any reading - no power. Does this mean the
wire was melted somewhere in the wall ? Any idea ? Anyone with the
same experience and is kind enough to post the solution/repair ?
Thanks in advance.
Is this a troll? Even though the fuse is 30A, the outlet probably isn't.
You fried it. I *hope* your wiring is capable of 30A, because that is the
alternative. Microwaves really should be on their own circuits.
Peter- I suggest you follow these steps:
1. Pull the fuse for that circuit or turn the breaker off. Immediately.
2. Call an electrician to sort out the problem.
You've got several problems.
Sure, there is an acute failure somewhere.
Since the incoming wiring to the outlet is dead, it means that the
wiring path needs to be traced back to find where the failure occurred.
In my experience it is most likely at a connection somewhere upstream,
rather than "in the wall," but you never know. It could be smoldering
somewhere and if you don't pull the fuse immediately, a fire could break
But the fact that someone put in an oversized fuse suggests that other
dangerous measures might have been taken. A thorough inspection by a
qualified electrician is warranted.
Good luck ; post the results.
I agree with Marc. Remove that 30 amp fuse and do NOT use that circuit
under any circumstances. Call a _qualified_ electrician
immediately.........you have a very serious and hazardous problem.
Continuing to use that circuit could start a fire! You'll probably have to
have some new circuits installed.
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