Is it a blown circuit?


Old 10-15-08, 11:25 AM
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Is it a blown circuit?

Last night we had two heaters plugged into our room and the TV on and then all the sudden everything went off so we must have blown a circuit, but when we went to the breaker box all them were in the correct positions and none appeared to have been tripped. We clicked all over and back just to make sure, but still no power in our master bedroom area. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-15-08, 12:20 PM
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Even one electric heater should not have been on a shared circuit. Two on the same circuit is way too much. A couple of possibilities come to mind.

First are there still any receptacles on the affected circuit that still work? If so that rules out a bad breaker.

Second and more likely possibility is a failed connection. That heavy a load could easily do it. You will need to open up every receptacle and light on the circuit and check the connections. I'd start with the two places you had the heaters plugged in. Any back stabbed connections on receptacles need to be moved to the screws. Any wire nut connections need to be redone and wire nuts replaced. Any screw connections checked for tightness.

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