Space heater created electrical puzzle....


Old 01-20-18, 07:17 PM
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Space heater created electrical puzzle....

So I plugged in a space heater to an outlet near our kitchen this morning, I donít think Iíve ever used this specific outlet for a space heater. It shares a circuit with the kitchen. Well, we noticed our toaster wasnít working in an outlet near this space heater but it would work in another. I also noticed the space heater wasnít on despite being turned on. I assumed a breaker tripped. I checked them al, and found none tripped. I went ahead and reset the ones for the kitchen and living room in case it was tripped but wasnít obvious. Didnít solve the issue,

A plug in tester in one kitchen outlet nearest the space heater plug showed an open neutral. A plug in tester in the space heater plug shows a very faint flicker of light indicating a weak open ground.

I removed the kitchen plug on the other side of the wall and found a wire loose but I ThINK it came loose when I removed it from the outlet. I checked the space heater plug and found everything snug.

I used a multimeter to test various plugs around the house and found them all correct at 119/120. The two plugs in question show 14 or so, and the space heater plug still shows a VERY faint light on the plug in tester.

I wonder if the outlet the space heater plug is in went bad? Would replacing it be a good idea?

I assume this is not an unsafe situation that can wait until Monday if I need to call my electrician?

Iím unsure of how to proceed. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Old 01-20-18, 08:31 PM
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You might have another poor connection. I would look first.
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