No electricity in one room

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Old 09-30-05, 03:59 PM
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No electricity in one room

We recently disconnected a ceiling fan. We were sitting on the floor cleaning the dust off of it and all of a sudden we heard a quiet "pop" come from one of the outlets on the wall. Everything that was plugged into that outlet lost power. Now the light in the ceiling nor the plug work. It did not trip the breaker. Any idea how to fix this? Or even what it might have been?

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Old 09-30-05, 04:02 PM
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Did you shut off the circuit breaker before disconnecting the fan (not just the wall switch)?

Did you cap off all the wires in the ceiling box before turning the breaker back on?

Chances are that you caused a short which caused a backstab on a receptacle to fail. Search this forum for "backstab" and/or "open neutral" and you'll find dozens of posts where we've dealt with how to handle this problem. You might want to invest $8 at your home center in a plug-in outlet tester to confirm the diagnosis.
 
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Old 09-30-05, 04:32 PM
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no, we didn't shut the breaker off, just the switch, and there are no caps on the wires as we speak. What is the easiest way to search this website for answers to my question?
 
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Old 09-30-05, 05:13 PM
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You should never trust a switch to remove power from a receptacle or ceiling fixture so that you can remove and/or replace. Sometimes there is live power in the box even with the switch off, and you or someone else may accidentally flip the switch at the wrong time.

I agree with John, you created a short circuit because you didn't shut the breaker off and left the wires exposed. Either the breaker tripped and you didn't realize it, or a connection failed.

First try the breaker. Move it completely to the off position before trying to turn it on. Do this even if it appears to be on. Some breakers trip and remain in the on position.

If that doesn't work then, with the power off, check for a failed connection at the receptacle where you heard the pop. If necessary, check all the other receptacles on the circuit as well.

Somewhere you have a problem. You need to find that somewhere and fix it.
 
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Old 09-30-05, 07:54 PM
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I agree with Bob that you should turn the breaker off. But before you turn it back on again, separate and individually cap those wires at the ceiling. If that fails, go buy the $8 outlet tester and let us know when you have it.
 
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Old 10-01-05, 11:49 AM
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well, we shut the breaker off, put caps on the wires and turned the breaker back on and it works!! Thanks for your help!!!
 
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