Elecrical Problem

Old 12-08-02, 01:32 AM
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Elecrical Problem

I have a short somewhere in my condo the circuit which controls the stove, refridgerator and kitchen light go on and off. I also seem to have a short in the garage door opener. I checked the circuit breakers and they are not triped off. I also have dead outlet plugs in the dining room. I do not have conduit in the walls because the county in which I live uses Romex. Thank you for your time. What can I do to fix this myself.

Old 12-08-02, 03:48 AM
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Hello rudyadamczyk:

The first thing I would do is turn off the breaker to the stove and verify that the load side ( check the wire that comes off of this breaker to your stove) of this breaker is dead by using a volt meter set to measure voltage ac.

Then go to where your stove connects to the wall with the breaker still off and check with a volt meter first, then set your meter to ohms, you should have 3 wires there, place your meter leads one on the ground wire (Green) and the other on a hot wire ( red or black ) usually.

If your meter has tone or beeps then you have a short from your hot wire to ground some where. If no tone then you may have a loose connection some where.

If none of the above apply then we need to trace your wire if possible from one end to the other to look for possible cuts in the wire. If this is found this is a potential fire hazard and needs to be taken care of right away. This is the same for the other suspected shorts.

Use the same as stated above to start trouble shooting for your other suspected shorts. Start at one end and determine if it's a short or just a loose connection.

I hope this helps, if you have any questions drop me an email wtb3886@yahoo.com reference in your subject line ELECTRICAL HELP please.

Happy hunting :-)
Old 12-08-02, 11:21 AM
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Possibly these outlets are connected to the "Load" side of a GFI receptacle. Check all GFI receptacles for a "tripped" mode.--Good Luck.!!
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Or another possibility here is on leg has failed since several things appear not to be working and if I read right,, including the range. You should check the load side of the range breaker to see if you have 240,,, and load side of the circuits that are not working to see if there is power at the breaker. You do not have a short,, that would have opened a breaker,, you have an open somewhere.

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