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Why would my bathroom light switch suddenly stop working? Please help!

Why would my bathroom light switch suddenly stop working? Please help!

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Old 08-20-13, 08:23 PM
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Why would my bathroom light switch suddenly stop working? Please help!

Why would my bathroom light switch suddenly stop working?
It is the main switch controlling 2 light panels each with 4 bulbs. I checked the breaker and it appears fine. I switched some bulbs from the other bathroom that I know are working. The house is 14 years old and we have never had any electrical issues.
We did have the outside of the house power washed today in preparation of having the house exterior painted tomorrow. Could water on the exterior of the house/breaker cause this? Please help!
 
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Old 08-20-13, 08:28 PM
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Did the light switch stop working or is it the lights don't work ?

It's quite a coincidence...... power washing and an electrical issue. They could be related.
 
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Old 08-20-13, 08:35 PM
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Not sure. I flip the switch and nothing happens. They are panel lights so I am unable to test the lights elsewhere. I am not very handy, but I was thinking of replacing the light switch.
 
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Old 08-20-13, 09:23 PM
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With the breaker off wire nut together the two wires on the switch. Turn the breaker on. If the light comes on it is a bad switch. Plug a lamp into the bathroom receptacle. If it is dead too start looking for a tripped GFCI receptacle.

Could water on the exterior of the house/breaker cause this?
Yes, if it tripped a GFCI. The GFCI could be inside or outside or in the garage or another bathroom or hidden behind something.
 
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Old 08-20-13, 11:03 PM
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Thanks Joe!
It was indeed the GFCI breaker in the garage. Of course, it was behind the fridge and hard to get to.
 
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Old 08-21-13, 04:05 AM
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The refrigerator should not be in front of the breaker panel. Did you really mean a GFCI receptacle?
 
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