some outlets not working

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Old 08-02-03, 01:50 PM
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some outlets not working

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On one circuit, at times, several but not all of the outlets do not work. For no reason. There is an old freezer on this circuit with a GFCI plug. That outlet stays on, but an outlet in one bath and the outlet outside go out. At times, it will be fine, for months. And then one day, the outlets go dead. You would think that all the outlets on this circuit would be effected. Have not had anyone look at it.

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Old 08-02-03, 07:38 PM
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I suspect that there is some reason.

Do the outlets magically return to life just as unexpectedly and without human intervention as they went dead? Are they dead for a short time, or for days?
 
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Old 08-03-03, 10:07 AM
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Hi!

Thank you for answering. Yes, they magically come back to life. They are out for days, even weeks.

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Old 08-03-03, 11:37 AM
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Sounds like you have a marginal connection somewhere. The connection could be opening and closing due to temperature changes or vibrations. There's no quick answer. It's just a matter of examining each connection on the entire circuit (not just at the flakey outlets). I would definitely move all backstabbed connections on this circuit to the adjacent screws. Make sure the wire nuts are tight too. Finally, have a qualified person check the connections in the panel.

Before doing all that, however, I would probably start by replacing that GFCI receptacle.
 
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Old 08-03-03, 01:02 PM
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Hi and thank you!

Sorry, I do not know what backstabbed connections are and how to move them to the adjacent screws. Am quite a novice here. Could you tell me more?

Thank you so much!!
 
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Click on the search button above. Type in "backstab" as the keyword, and perform the search on the electrical forum. You'll learn plenty.
 
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