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PROBLEM : What can I do when power is out to the receptacle?

April 6, 2017

SOLUTION:

Before you call, check the electric panel for a tripped breaker.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting outletCheck the GFCI protection: Many of the receptacles located in your home and specifically located in the bathrooms and kitchen are protected by a special GFCI, ground fault circuit interruption, system. Usually you can tell the GFCI receptacles because they have the “trip” and “reset” button on them. These GFCI receptacles may be providing power to the other receptacles without the buttons and this is tricky. So, if power is out to a receptacle one of the first things to do is to go around the house and test all of the GFCI receptacles by pressing the “trip” button and then the “reset” button and see if this restores the power. HINT, in many older homes (10 to 30 years old) many times the main GFCI receptacle for the bathrooms and/or exterior receptacles are located next to the electric panel.

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