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Question DetailsAsked on 2/16/2018

Some outlets and lights are not working, breaker not tripped.reset gfci, still nothing

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If these are in the same room, or perhaps 2 adjacent bedrooms/hall, or two bathrooms (those tend to get ganged up on one circuit at times), then after going around unplugging things which could have tripped it out, try shutting the breaker off and then turning it back on - sometimes breakers "trip" without the level flipping to the OFF position. If doing that, it should be replaced.

If on one circuit, GFCI could also have failed - they are more sensitive than breakers, so if you have a good short sometimes they blow out and need replacement. Or could be you reset it and it did not actually reset because the fault tripping it out is still in effect - try unplugging things and turning lights off on the circuit to test with no load on it.

If these are on opposite sides of the house, or you know they are on different breakers, then your Main Breaker has tripped on just one side (sometimes they can do that, especially if the connecting bar across the paired breakers is loose) or you have lost power on one of the two "live" wires coming into the house or breaker box. In that case, you will have lost power to about half the circuits in the house.

In the former case try resetting the paired main breakers (probably labelled 100, 125, 150, or 200A, may be at top of breaker box above the "rows" of breakers, or may be separate breaker box outside by meter), bearing in mind it probably tripped for a good reason so generally best to shut off ALL breaker panel breakers first, then after the main breaker is turned back on, turn them on one at a time - and of course if half the house goes out again when you turn none of them on, that circuit is the source of the problem - PLUS that individual breaker is not tripping as it should.

If above does not track it down and solve it (again, bearing in mind something probably tripped it, so you probably have something causing a serious overload or short), or if you are not comfoirtable doing this testing or do not have a second person to help observe the effects when you turn breakers off and on, then Electrical would be your Search the List category. Minimum service call charge commonly $75-350, usually in $100-150 range in most of country - plus about $40-250 for a new breaker if the breaker has failed, otherwise costs would depend on the cause of the problem.

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Answered 2 years ago by LCD


If LCD's suggestions are more involved than you feel comfortable with then hire an electrican to trouble shoot.

If previous, if any, electrical work done on this home was professional work then I estimate $100 - $350 to fix.

If there is lots of sub-standard elecrical work then it may be less time consuming to run new cable for around $1500.

Many remodelers do not hire electricians unless they absolutely have to. Most remodelers maintain high standards for electrical work they do themselves but I have encountered plenty of re-model electrical work that is junk even though the rest of the project looks great.

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