Lights don't come on, receptacles do work


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Old 10-03-19, 03:09 PM
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Lights don't come on, receptacles do work

Hello all. I am having problems with room in house. The fan light, fan, and closet light do not come on.

The wall plug ins do work. I plug a light into them and the light comes on.

I have a mutlimeter that i purchased a while back for car purposes.

From reading posts with similar problems, I plan on testing the light switches; the wires connecting to the switches. These are two wires coming from the wall from the attic.

I just some what lost, cant say im doing somethng right.

What setting do i need to have multimeter?

Do i test wires/switch disconnected from each other. What is multimeter indication that any of these are working properly or not?

I know i;m suppposed to check the breakers too. I found the breaker that controls the wall plug ins and if i turn it off, none of the wall plug ins work so i guess that is fine. I suppose that the breaker controlling the light switches though is probably different one?

Also, i reset the breaker swithces several times already, but not helping.

This started when i was working on fan fixture in other room adjacent I undid the wiring to replace fan box. Since then i have problms with this other room. BUt that fan and lights are fine.

One last thing, one of the receptacles, a gfci, has red reset and black test button in the room. The small light on it indicates green. But the outlet does not work, it really never has but lights and fan were fine. Not sure if this matters. Thanks for any assistance i can get.
 
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Old 10-03-19, 04:24 PM
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What setting do i need to have multimeter?
AC volts. 250 volt range.

This started when i was working on fan fixture in other room adjacent I undid the wiring to replace fan box. Since then i have problms with this other room. BUt that fan and lights are fine.
I would start by looking in this box for problem. Perhaps a loose connection or disconnected wire occurred when you pushed the wires back into the box.
 
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Old 10-07-19, 08:13 AM
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Thanks for replies. So i found out that breaker switch that controls the ceiling fan light I was working on also controls the ceiling fan light that is now not working. So as suggested , maybe when i put wiring back on the fan, i didn't do it right.

question: the fan and lights on the fan i worked on are working fine. So wouldn't that indicate wiring is correct? Also, there is power going to the other ceiling fan as indicated by a Klein ncvt.

The wiring coming out of the ceiling on fan i worked is 3 strands.Each strand has one white and one black wire. I have two white wires together on wire nut and taped . And two black and one white together. The two black and white then go to wiring on the fan and the remaining black as well.

Any ideas, suggestions please. Thanks
 
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Old 10-07-19, 09:32 AM
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The Klein ncvt. only test for hot. Maybe there is an issue with the neutral.
 
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Old 10-07-19, 12:17 PM
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You probably right. Making more sense now. So the white wires would be the neutral right? Does my set up sound right or maybe the white wires are wrong. That fan does work lights and all. If that set up is wrong, would it affect the other fan?
 
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Old 10-07-19, 07:21 PM
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It's hard to guess at the problem. If there were three white wires in a splice at the fan box..... that would mean neutral in, fan neutral and neutral out. If the neutral out wire came loose..... that fan would still work fine but nothing after that.
 
 

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