Home is 2 years old and 3 outlets in kitchen and pantry area not working.
Tried circuit breakers and none appear to be tripped. Circuit also contains
under cabinet lighting and they are not working either. Where do I start
looking for the problem?
Start looking for GFI outlets. The may be in a bath outside the
basement etc. They have a test and rest button on them Chances are one or
more have tripped and you need to rest it.
Also it is not always easy to see a tripped circuit breaker.
Unplug any appliances that maybe plugged into your receptacles to start.
Best to manually reset applicable breakers to start.....don't rely on
just a visual inspection. Toggle the breaker to it's off position, let
it sit for a couple of seconds then toggle it back to it's on position.
If still no power, then as previous poster suggested, check for GFI
(maybe in main power box or on individual outlet(s). Again don't rely
on just a visual; manually reset it. If circuit is on receptacle GFI,
then the GFI breaker will more than likely trip before the main breaker.
If power comes back on, then plug any applicable appliances in one at a
time to see which one is causing the breaker to trip.
If power doesn't come back on, then it's circuit tracing, voltage
measuring, visual inspection of wiring, receptacles etc time.
Hope this helps....... :-)
On split receptacles as on counter I've found the nuetral bad, measure
between the top & bottom plugs to see if you have 220v. Sometimes
there is a mar in the device box rather than direct to the screws.
When more than one outlet fails (and there's no GCFI involved), you've got a
loose wire in a device. It could be one of the three or it could be the
device immediately upstream from the three.
These suckers are daisy-chained, like Christmas tree lights. When one comes
"unplugged" all the rest in the chain fail.
You don't say if they were ever working. Most say that outlets quit
working. It they have never worked and you just discovered this, you
could have a big problem.
Anyway, as suggested, check the GFCI's. The reset for these are on
the outlets. They have a red test and a black reset button. There
should be an indicator light to show that the outlet has power. The
other two that are out are most likely normal looking breakers that
are protected by the special outlet.
Also as suggested, you should manually switch all the breakers off in
the panel and back on.
Are you sure? On some breakers there is a separate "tripped" position
between on and off. Try turning each possible breaker off than on.
Then, identify the breakers so you'll know which one controls what.
Not just some excessively-generic label like "lights".
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