Receptacle wiring or breaker malfunction?


Old 05-20-18, 03:48 AM
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Receptacle wiring or breaker malfunction?

Recently after my 15 A Square D breaker tripped from being over loaded by two space heaters, I'm finding some of the receptacles don't work on that circuit after I reset the breaker. Using a circuit tester, it reads "hot/ground reverse" on the non working receptacles even though in the past they always read correctly wired. Using a volt meter, it reads 125 V using the probes when inserted in either the hot and ground slots or in the neutral and ground slots. I would expect neutral and ground to read 0 V, not 125 V. Only about 6 V are measured when hot and neutral slots are measured together instead of around 120 V. Should I open up the panel box and replace the 15 A breaker or is it something else? I would normally call an electrician but I'm not sure how much luck I'd have on a Sunday.
Old 05-20-18, 04:21 AM
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You have an open neutral either at the last working receptacle or the first non working receptacle. All screws need to be checked for tightness and any back stabs moved to the screws.

Should I open up the panel box and replace the 15 A breaker
No. You wouldn't have gotten a voltage reading of 125v if the breaker was bad.

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