Light switch/fan not working

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Old 11-12-05, 03:45 PM
feebeesnees
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Question Light switch/fan not working

The overhead light and ceiling fan in my upstairs bathroom are on the same switchplate. One morning neither of them worked.

I checked the lightbulb... put in a new one... nothing.

Any ideas.

I'm wondering if squirrels or other creatures in the roof could have chewed through the wires to cause this.

If so, is it a fire hazard? If so, what should I do until an electrician comes?

Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 11-12-05, 04:07 PM
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Is there anything else on the circuit that doesn't work?

Did you try turning the circuit breaker fully off and then back on?

Is there a GFCI receptacle on the circuit that needs to be reset?

Is there a receptacle in the bathroom? Does it work?
 
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Old 11-12-05, 05:07 PM
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> Is there anything else on the circuit that doesn't work?

Two other rooms are on this circuit. Everything else works.

> Did you try turning the circuit breaker fully off and then back on?

Yes. No change.

> Is there a GFCI receptacle on the circuit that needs to be reset?

There is a GFCI in the bathroom and I tested it and the "reset" button didn't pop out.

> Is there a receptacle in the bathroom? Does it work?

The receptacle in the bathroom (with the GFCI) works.
 
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Old 11-12-05, 06:27 PM
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I'm not sure what you can do while waiting for the electrician. If you can live without power to the rest of the circuit, the conservative thing to do would be to shut off the breaker.

Have you heard critter noise in the attic?
 
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