Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Subject: no power in two rooms

Name: tom

Question: I have two rooms that the power went out yesterday. The circuit breaker is not tripped. Do you think I should check all the outlets with a circuit analyzer? How do I go about doing this?

Answer: Hi Tom,

First you should turn all the circuit breakers all the way off. Wait 30 seconds then turn them all the way back on. Go and see if this corrects your problem. Then you need to test all the GFCI outlet to see that they work when you test and reset them. If your power is still not on I would advice you to call an electrician. There is a chance that your problem could start a fire if not corrected. Until you have an electrician repair your circuit turn all your lights off and unplug everything in the affected circuit. This extra load of stuff plugged into a bad circuit could cause a spark that could start a fire. We see close calls all the time here in Philadelphia. Loose connections in old Knob and tube go bad and the electricity jump a cross making for a dangerous condition. I was just in a home in the Fairmount section of Philly that basement junction box that had actually scorched the floor joist. Very close to starting a fire.

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