Electrical Outlet

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Old 12-30-04, 01:11 PM
Larry R
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Electrical Outlet

I have a middle of the run receptacle that had previously functioned flawlessly. Just recently there has been a smell of burnt plastic in the kitchen and my investgation found a partially melted neutral terminal. I checked it and it was still functioning and decided to replace it. My question is what would have caused this melting?

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Larry
 
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Old 12-30-04, 01:18 PM
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Was the screw connecting the wire to the terminal loose?

Loose connections create resistance. Resistance creates heat. If you replaced the plug and made your connections tight using the screw terminals, you should be ok now. Always be a good idea to keep an eye on it for a liitle while, though.
 
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Old 12-30-04, 06:14 PM
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Was it even connected to a screw, or was a dreaded backstab connection used?
 
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Old 01-03-05, 01:53 PM
Larry R
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Wink

The newly installed receptacle is working fine and I haven't detected any smell like burned plastic. I was surprised how much of the old receptacle and part of the neutral wire was melted.

Thanks again.

Larry
 
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