Bad Receptacle Causing Open Neutral?


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Old 06-23-24, 08:50 AM
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Question Bad Receptacle Causing Open Neutral?

In the kitchen - have a dedicated circuit that starts with a GFCI receptacle and 2 additional downstream receptacles. Both downstreams stopped working a few days ago. Outlet tester shows the GFCI is wired correctly and the downstreams are showing as open neutrals. I checked all 3 and connections are fine and my multimeter is showing continuity between all the neutrals.

Could this just be a bad receptacle? In a past home, I've dealt with a bad neutral connection being the issue, but wasn't sure if receptacles could poop out in this manner.
 
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Old 06-23-24, 08:54 AM
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You likely have a bad GFCI.
 
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Old 06-23-24, 02:46 PM
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I think you're right. Just from having the breaker off for a couple hours I turned it back on and magically everything started working correctly. I'm going to swap out that GFCI and call it a day.
 
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Old 06-23-24, 03:19 PM
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Yes a bad receptacle could be the problem.

A general example (not necessarily yours) -- On the side of an ordinary duplex receptacle unit the tab between the silver screws fractured due to vibration over the years or was broken off. Neutral daisy chained from one receptacle to the next would be broken at that point.
 
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Old 06-23-24, 03:34 PM
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It might be a defective relay in the GFCI.
 
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Old 06-23-24, 04:43 PM
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The receptacles operate as mirror images.
The circuitry in the GFI opens neutral and hot to the local receptacle as well as the load receptacles.

If the GFI receptacle works and the others don't.... it is not an internal GFI problem.
 
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