Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by little, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. little

    little New Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    in my girls rooms and bath and small hall light dose not work but half the outlets in the two rooms work like one side of the room in each have been told it could be the breaker it is same way in kitchen just half the outlets work but all over head lights work frig works stove, micro just maybe 3 outlets don't work.
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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    First thing to do is to check the circuitbreakers in the panel. If it is an older house that has fuses, it gets a little harder as it's not always easy to tell if the fuse is blown. On a CB panel, if the handle is not fully to the on position, you'll have to push it fully to the off position, then push it to the on position. Turning a CB on or off takes a lot more pressure than a light switch, so don't worry about that. If it won't stay in the ON position, there's a short of some other problem in the cuicuit and you probably need to call an electrician.
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  4. ActionDave

    ActionDave Electrician

    Feb 4, 2009
    It could also be a bad connection in a junction box. There is a remote possibility of a lost phase, but that would affect half the circuits in the entire house.
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    With a lost phase, one would expect to hear complaints of 240V appliances like a stove or water heater not working.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Maybe they do NOT have an electric stove or water heater. With that many outlets out of service it does sound like a broken primary to the house. Call the electric utility BEFORE you call an electrician in case it is their problem.
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