Problems with outlet and lights ?

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Old 06-27-16, 06:54 PM
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Problems with outlet and lights ?

First of all, neither our son or either of us are planning on going into a lot of wiring. Plus son is 1 1/2 hours from us and we can't be much help.

Son was using an iron and it quit. So did the closet light, and another outlet.

They have checked all breakers, including resetting all breakers AND the entire house outlet. Still can't get those items to work. Other outlets and lights in the room are fine.

Both bathroom GFCI outlets are working.

What else could it be and how extensive/expensive might an electrician be? The house was built in 1999 and has an attic and a crawlspace. The house panel is on an outside wall.
 
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You need to locate everything on the affected circuit. You need to check the last working device or the first dead one.

It could be as simple as a bad splice or a loose wire on a screw terminal. A typical problem we see over and over is where the wiring is inserted into the push-in terminals on the back of the devices and becomes loose.

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So the safest and first thing us non electricians should do is turn off the breaker to the room and unscrew the outlet where the iron was plugged in and check for loose wires in that box?
 
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turn off the breaker to the room and unscrew the outlet where the iron was plugged in and check for loose wires in that box?
Yes and move any back stabbed wires to the screws. Backstabs are sometimes unreliable.
 
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We're any of the breakers tripped? If not it would point to a loose connect.
 
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The high load of the iron has caused a connection to fail.
 
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The breakers were not tripped
 
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The high load of the iron causing it to fail seems to point out that the connection is likely at that outlet and the other items that are not working are farther down the line so they won't work until it is fixed, right?
Kind of like an older string of Christmas lights... if one burns out the ones after that will not work?
 
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Kind of like an older string of Christmas lights.
Same result but not the same cause. With Christmas lights you have a fault in a series circuit. With your home wiring it is a fault in daisy chained parallel wiring.
 
 

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