could it be a bad breaker?

Old 01-01-04, 10:24 PM
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could it be a bad breaker?

Hi there. Tonight I had company and we had too much running on one circuit (space heater, TV, hairdryer, etc..). We went to the basement and that circuit did not appear to be tripped but the power was out to those rooms anyway. We flipped the switch and also tried all the other breakers just to make sure they weren't mislabeled but still have no power. Could it be a bad breaker switch?? And if so, how difficult is it to replace one of those? I'm pretty handy but don't want to mess around with electrical without some guidance.
THanks so much!
Old 01-02-04, 05:25 AM
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Did you turn the breakers off and then on? Sometimes a tripped breaker must be turned off before you try to turn it on again.

Another possibility is a tripped GFCI outlet somewhere. What other circuits in the house are off?

Even another possibility is a failed connection at an outlet. Did the failure just happen, or was someone actively plugging something in when ithe power went out?
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If this is a bathroom circuit check for gfci. It could be in the garage, basement, outdoor receptacle or another bathroom.
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Although it could be a bad breaker, the possibilities mentioned by Bob and Joe are a hundred times more likely.
Old 01-02-04, 02:28 PM
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it's fixed!

HI everyone.. thanks for the replies.. It wasn't a GFI outlet or a GFCI breaker, and everything on that particular breaker switch was out so we decided to go ahead and replace the breaker. It was remarkably easy, cost about $3.50, and is now working!

wahoo!! girl power!!!

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