Circuit breaker reset but no stiil no power!
Hi, was wondering if anyone could give me some help with the following problem. Some lights went off in the house this morning, went to the Main Circuit board and found one of the breakers had tripped. I reset the breaker, however, the power to the lights have not returned even though the breaker is remained on?
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Following a failure of external lights, I lost power to my garage. The consumer unit in the house has the CB tripped and the fuse of the lighting circuit blew. The power goes in to an electric box in the garage which has mains and lighting circuit fuses. I have disconnected the exterior lights and flicked the power to off in the garage. However the CB in the consumer unit
will not switch to the on. The circuit breaker has a smaller yellow button - a test button I think indicating a GFI.
I'm assuming that as I can't reset the CB it indicates a problem in the wiring to the garage - is there any way of testing this or locating the problem ?...
Just blacked out half the house2011-10-27 14:12:40Hello,
First post here, and I need some help. I was replacing an old nasty outlet to which I thought I had cut the power to at the breaker box. I...may have been wrong about that.
Now, there's no power to that outlet or any of the others on it's circuit. I've reset the breaker and even tried a different breaker in the breaker box.
Could I have wired it wrong? Would something as simple as that cut the power to the entire circuit?
What am I missing? Thanks!
Water Heater Tripped Breaker2012-09-28 22:45:58I have a water heater (installed in 1995) in the house I bought 2 years ago. About 9 months ago, it stopped working. I looked and it tripped the circuit breaker for the water heater. I turned the breaker back on and reset the water heater (open panel + push reset button). It worked fine for 6 months. About 3 months ago it stopped working, but this time did not trip the breaker. I reset it, and it has been working fine since.
I suppose it is nearing the end of its' life, but wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience or has any input as to what could cause it to stop working twice (trip breaker once), but work again after being reset.
Why only half my circuit breakers work?2011-12-12 15:17:51While installing and wiring some new circuit breakers I accidentally touched a bare/ground wire to a 'hot' metal strip in the sub-panel breaker box (installed by a licensed electrician). A big spark happened and one breaker popped. I turned all power off to this breaker sub-panel and then restored power. Now I only get power from every other breaker in the panel, on both sides. Why is this? I reset every GFIC outlet I can find but that did not help. I also purchased some new circuit breakers but they don't work in these dead slots either. I'm really puzzled and everything else works fine but now I have breakers separated by empty slots and my hot wire lengths are wrong!...
No power coming out of breaker2011-11-05 02:36:57I was rewiring an existing circuit last night. I left the home run wire the same but wired 3 new receptacles, the last one in the line being GFI. When I had it all wired up I turned the circuit on and everything was fine. My receptacle tester said everything was wired right so I turned the circuit off and screwed the receptacles in. I turned the breaker back on and heard a loud zapping sound coming from the breaker that continued for about 2 sec and then the breaker tripped. I turned the breaker all the way off and checked the receptacles. One of the ground wires had come in contract with the hot lead and had shorted out. I fixed the problem and turned the breaker back on but got no power anywhere. I reset the GFI but that didn't make a difference. Finally I took my panel cover off and tested the hot line coming out of the breaker - no power. I flipped the breaker a few times, still no go. I left it off all night and tried again in the morning in case it was heated up or something, still no go.
My question is, is this just a dead breaker or could there be another cause for this?...
Problem with boiler electicity supply2011-11-24 18:08:23My circuit breaker tripped the other day - my gf reset it but it kept wanting to trip back so she just held it down and eventually it stayed on (I was out at the time)
Now I discover the electricty supply to the boiler is dead. I suspect a fuse has gone somewhere but I have checked the obvious ones. Will there be something actually within the circuit breaker that can be reset?
Apologies for ingorance and I will get a professional to look at it, just wanted a second opinion.
Lost power to two Rooms and Cannot Get it Back2011-11-02 18:26:06Hi there, I live in a newer home, built in 2006 I believe, and a few days ago, two of my rooms in my house lost power and I cannot get it back on. The two rooms are on the same circuit, which is on a 15 amp Arc-Fault Breaker. I had very little power being consumed on the circuit. One room is entirely not being used and the other room had only a few things consuming power. This has been working fine for the last year straight with no issues. The other night, the power just turned off and no matter how many times I reset the circuit breaker, it simply will not power anything. Nothing else was added to the circuit. Nobody was even in the rooms when it happened. I was in my room using my computer when I noticed my lights dim down real quick when my AC turned on. This normally does not happen so it caught my attention. I dismissed it as nothing but then my roommate told me the next morning that his room's power wasn't working. He noticed it a few hours after I noticed the dimming lights. To my knowledge, the AC is on a separate circuit and it's still working.
I have unplugged everything connected to the wall sockets in these rooms. The only things plugged in are the overhead lights but I made sure the light switches are turned off. There is nothing at all consuming power in these rooms. Resetting the breaker does nothing. The breaker switch does click off and on. I removed the panel on my main circuit breaker and it looks like all the cables are fine. I'm too afraid of killing myself to try and mess with anything in there.
Keep in mind that the breaker does NOT trip. The switch did not go to the middle at all. It was in the 'On' position when I first checked it out. I reset it several times with nothing plugged into the rooms to no avail. I removed all the wall sockets and tried to see if there were any loose cables or any damage but it didn't look like it.
Any help on this matter would be much appreciated. I'm not an electrician and the basics I do understand don'......
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Tripped gfi and breaker2012-04-17 10:11:09I was cleaning my garage and think I got some water into an outlet. This caused 2 gfi outlets to trip, a regular outlet to stop working, and one side of a double pole circuit breaker to trip. Now the gfi's can't be reset by pressing the button, and the breaker can't be turned back on either. Does the breaker need to be shut off in order to reset the outlets? It's been like this for 3 months now. Please help!...
Ring Main that isn't2011-11-15 23:53:14I'm replacing a single socket in the Dining Room with a double socket - sounds easy? When I unscrewed the existing socket (having isolated the ring) I noticed that one of the Neutral wires was loose - but thought nothing of it. I disconnected the socket, removed the single box, chased out the wall for a double box, fixed the box, wired up a new double socket, reset the circuit breaker - pop! The circuit breaker would not reset - just kept tripping. I disconnected the new socket (leaving wires safe) and reset the circuit breaker - no problems. Tried wiring up the socket again - kept tripping. I disconnected the socket and simply wired the cables together using terminal block, just to connect the ring - circuit breaker kept tripping.
So now I'm stuck. All the sockets work fine on this circuit as long as I don't connect the offending socket.
Whirlpool Range Tripping Circuit Breaker2011-10-25 09:16:42I have an electric Whirlpool range for about 5 years now. It's a glass top burner free standing range. I've noticed in the last 8 mos or so, very intermittently, the range will trip the cuircuit breaker. Seems to occur mostly when there is a large draw (use burners and over at same time). But recently it just seems that using just the oven can cause the tripping.
Sometimes breaker will reset, but now, I can reset the breaker, stays tripped.
Outdoor GFCI won't reset2012-03-24 01:41:33My outdoor GFCI won't reset. Its been there several years so I know its wired correctly. It apparently tripped during during a rain storm the other day, its been raining for almost a week. Its not tripped at the breaker box and the LED on the GFCI is illuminated but it won't reset so I assume it was damaged since I can't find any other apparent cause. Should I just wait for it to try out or change it? I know how to change it but how do I know I have the electricity to it turned off at the breaker box (of course, I don't know which specific circuit breaker controls that outlet) since the outlet is already dead?...
No Power to Two Rooms2012-06-08 06:36:25Last night I smelled a strong burning smell in my room. I tried to figure out where it was coming from but couldn't. I had a window unit, lamp, and a power strip with appliances plugged in that room. While trying to figure out where the smell was coming from I heard a pop and the power went out in my room as well as my child's room right next to mine. I went to reset the breaker but it would not reset so I figured it was no longer any good. Went to Lowes today and bought a new breaker as well as two new outlets to replace the ones that were in use (just in case they burned out). Changed those out and the breaker is staying on but there is still no power to either rooms. I have been laid off and can't afford to have an electrician come to see what's wrong and need help. I am pretty good with my hands, for a female, and any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
Circuit breaker tripping intermittently.2011-11-20 02:58:21This started about an hour ago.
The CU trip switch controlling the lounge and dining room rings tripped with a loud bang. I heard it from two rooms away!
I attempted to reset it but there was an immediate visible flash from behind the breaker and it tripped out.
I turned off all power at the main switch, then reset the trip then turned the mains power back on, everything was fine. Five minutes later, bang - the trip cut out again. I unplugged everything from the rings and reset. I then plugged everything back in one by one with a time interval in between but everything remained fine. Five minutes after I plugged everything back in - bang again!
I repeated the procedure. It's now been 15 minutes, everything is plugged back in and all is OK. I'm waiting with bated breath now.
Can anyone offer any potential explanation for this sudden strange behaviour?
Circuit Breaker2011-10-29 21:32:48Hi All,
I'm building a room in my basement and successfully wired five female sockets to the service panel with a new circuit breaker. Everything worked fine.
I then decided to add two more female sockets and I turned off the power by flipping the one circuit breaker controlling the room power. The power was 'off' or so I believe?
I cut into the wire and there was a tremendous spark which I couldn't understand. The circuit breaker was in the 'off' position and there was no power in the line.
I speculated that the system acted like a charged capacitor so I continued with my work and finished the wiring. However, when I was done and I flipped the circuit breaker to 'on', there was no power in the line.
Before I start to troubleshoot this problem, I'm speculating that it is probably the circuit breaker that is at fault.
Please give me your thoughts on this.
Outlet works but 3 light switches 'die' after turning off2012-10-27 03:01:29First of all, no changes have been made to the wiring in my house within the past 2 years.
In my bathroom the three light switches have stopped working ( one has a light over sink, second is a central light and a 'fart' fan, third is light over the shower). Currently the outlet works. When i turn the breaker off the outlet looses power, and when the breaker is turned back on the lights will work until shut off for over 5 minutes (average, light switches must be 'on' for the lights to power on when breaker is reset)
The breaker is not tripping, and from my voltage tester it seems like the light switches are not getting power after they stop working.
Prior to loosing power the energy saving bulbs would flicker when turned on starting about a week ago (all three switches have energy saving bulbs).
Any ideas what could be causing just the switches alone to 'die'? I have tried all three switch without powering on the others and each one seems to be able to terminate the power and require a breaker reset.
Thanks in advance!...
Circuit breaker tripped off, Would not reset!!2011-11-28 19:19:18Hi,
On fine early morning all the lights in home went off whilst sockets and all electric appliances work. On checking main switch, the Wylex Consumer Unit (of the 2) one had tripped, I thought it was a spike and circuit breaker tripped. Tried to reset to on but lights wouldnt turn on. Checked the MCBs(it has 3 X 15A blue MCBs) from the same switch box and replaced all fuses still lights wouldn't turn on.
I remember there was no activity to trigger circuit breaker nor other electric appliances running but just the lights on! What could be probable reason, I can not figure out.
Thanking in advance
Faulty outlet?? (Long description, sorry) But i still need ideas, please.2013-02-13 23:30:05Hi All,
This is really boggling my mind. Two nights ago, a portion of my partment lost power, the living room, spare bedroom, stand alone freezer, washer, dryer and my oven (not the stove top, though) all lost power.
I go upstairs to reset the breaker. Nothing is tripped. So, I reset all of them anyways becuase the circuit has incorrect labeling (corrected the labeling to what had power). No change, the power is still off in all of those areas previously mentioned.
So, decided to test the breaker switches. The places that had power all had 120 VAC across the breaker. I came acoss 5 switches that only had 5 VAC acrossed them. I turned the switch off to verify 0V, switch on, and I got 5V. So I think those those 5 switches are good.
The following morning my wife notified the apartment managers, and they fixed the problem (or so I thought), and said there was a GFI fault and replace an outlet that my freezer was using. That is interesting because the only GFI circuit we have is in the upstairs bathroom, and it nor the downstairs half bathroom lost any power. My GFI tester indicted it was good, anyways.
Last night, the same thing happened, but only for 5 mintues then power was restored by itself, the affected areas where exacly the same as before. This is what happened over the weekend a few times before we lost power completely in those areas.
So, I'm lost. Could it still be a GFI issue even though those circuits didn't lose power and they are 'indictated' to be fine? Or might it be something faulty before the circuit breaker?
I'm not a licensed electrician, however I'm no novice at electrical work, either. I have worked on aviation electronincs for 11 years. However, I can still overlook small stuff, too.
ANY help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Lighting Circuit not working - not circuit breaker2011-11-29 17:17:29Hi.
Last night the downstairs lights all went out, I checked the Circuit Breaker (Fuse), that was ok (the outside light worked when I after I broke the circuit then reset the switch)
My question is could this be a loose connection at a rose?
I replaced the roses on the two lights in the hall about two years ago, the only other thing which has happened is if a halogen spot lamp fails then the breaker operates.
I hope to be able to check them this evening if I can get off work early enough