Light and plugs don't work after break cycle

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Old 06-12-14, 03:17 PM
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Light and plugs don't work after break cycle

i have a light in my bedroom as well as several plugs. everything worked fine when i moved in. then the cable company came by and was installing their equipment. a piece of their equipment wouldn't turn on, so they cycled all the breakers. it turned out that their equipment was bad and another set worked just fine. after they cycled all the breakers, the lights in the bedroom and all of the plugs stopped working.

i got someone to come out and "fix" it. i wasn't home when it was done, but i came home and everything was working.

a couple of days later i had to cycle all the breakers again. after i did that, the lights and plugs in the bedroom dont work again... there are 2 GFI outlets. 1 in the bathroom 1 in the kitchen. both tested and reset.

i'll call out the electrician out again if i have to, but im wondering if its something really simple that gets flipped when i cycle the breakers and just needs to be flipped back on.. does anyone have any insight?
 
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Old 06-12-14, 03:33 PM
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Welcome to the forums! When it happens again, don't cycle all the breakers. Try to find the one associated with the circuit in question. If the gFCIs reset, they are not affected. Breakers sometimes don't appear tripped, so if you put pressure on each handle toward the "on" position, the tripped one will be mushy. Turn it completely off then back on.

Let us know what loads you have on that circuit.
 
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i believe the bedroom lights/plugs breaker is a double poll breaker. each poll is labeled 15 amps. the bedroom has just a 60 watt bulb in the fixture. nothing else plugged in. when i do plug something in, there is no power. and the bulb does not turn on when i flip the switch.

EDIT: bedroom is AFCI it seems. the breakers that i thought were the bedroom are actually the AC fan. AFCI does not trip when I hit test. bad breaker?
 

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oh wow i just realized the AFCI doesn't trip when i hit test... not sure if this has another to do with the bedroom lights, but i'm sure it's not good...
 
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Old 06-12-14, 03:51 PM
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Bedrooms are usually AFCI.
 
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i didn't know that. so considering that none of the lights or plugs in the bedroom work, and the AFCI doesn't seem to work, are there any conclusions that can be drawn?

bedroom is AFCI. AFCI doesn't trip when I hit test. so its a bad breaker?
 
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ugh. ok i figure it out... goes to show you i dont know what im doing...

if anyone is interested, i simply didn't reset the AFCI properly.. woops
 
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Glad you got power back. Thanks for letting us know, too.
 
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