A power failure in your house or apartment is a major inconvenience — that’s one thing that every homeowner will agree on. However, the reason behind the outage is not so clear-cut. You may be left without electricity due to a number of different factors. Here’s how to troubleshoot an electrical Power outage, together with suggested solutions.
If the Power Outage Affects Your Neighbors Also
Investigate to see whether the outage is limited to just a part of your home. If you are working in the kitchen, for example, try clicking on a light switch in the living room. If the electricity is not functional anywhere in your house, look outside. See whether lights are visible at your neighbors’ or phone them to ask if they have power. In an apartment building, look to see whether the lights are on in the hallway. When the outage affects more than just your home, call your local utility company to report the problem and see if they can give you an estimate of how long it will take to repair. Turn off light switches and unplug electrical devices to protect them from power surge damage when the service is restored.
If the Problem is Limited to Your Home
When the problem is limited to your home — or only one part of your home — grab a flashlight if necessary and take a look at the GFCI receptacle, circuit breaker, main breaker, or fuse box to troubleshoot the electrical failure. On a GFCI outlet, try pushing the reset button. Otherwise, see whether a breaker has tripped or a fuse has blown.
When the Main Breaker Trips or Branch Breakers Can’t Be Reset
Turn off or unplug as many appliances and electronic devices as possible throughout your home. Go back to the circuit breaker and flip all the breakers off. Turn the main breaker switch on and off several times, finishing in the “on” position. Then reset each of the breakers, one at a time. If this causes the main breaker to trip or if you are unable to reset one of the branch breakers, you’ll know that you have a problem with that circuit, which will need electrical repair.
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