Bathroom GFCI Outlets with No Power?

Old 07-22-02, 12:52 PM
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Bathroom GFCI Outlets with No Power?

Ok, I have searched the forum and found much information on this problem and I am buying a receptacle tester on my way home today plus rechecking all the outlets I checked yesterday just in case.

I have 2 and a half bathrooms with no power in the GFCI Protected Outlets but none of them have the test/reset button.
There is one in kitchen that does but it doesn't appear to be on same breaker cause it works. We flipped off the breaker and then back on but no luck.

There isn't anything we know of that set this in motion in fact we use outlets so little in bathroom we have no idea when they actually lost power.

Last thing that made me post is I don't know if it was there and I never noticed it before or if it just happened but one of the outlets has a smoke stain going up wall above it like the outlet puffed out smoke or fired up or something. I know there is technical term for this smokey ghosting thing but I don't know what it is. It's not big or dark just faintly there making me wonder as I stated above how long is has been there but my issue is it worried me and I wanted to see what could cause this in relativity to my no power problem.

Thanks So Much In Advance,

You Guys were awesome on responding to my last Ceiling Fan post!!!!

Old 07-22-02, 01:02 PM
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Scully, If you have a garage look in there, check the outside outlets if you have them as well. The kitchen outlets should be on a different circuit than the bathrooms so I would say you are right in that regard.
As for the smoke stain, I have seen this caused by things that are plugged into the receptacle such as those little Glade air fresh gizmos they put out heat to make the freshener circulate around the room and sometimes it's enough to cause this stain.
Good Luck
Old 07-22-02, 02:36 PM
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Check your circuit breaker box and see if you have a GFCI reset for the whole circuit. All of our bathrooms are on one GFCI breaker. So they all go out at one time. (That wouldn't explain the stain - but maybe it isn't related)

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