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MOJOE

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11-28-2012 03:05 AM

My garage doubles as my shop. There are 2 outlets along the back wall, and about a week ago I noticed my deep freeze no longer had power (luckily there was nothing in there). Anyway, no power to either outlet, but still power to the garage door openers…..and only one breaker in the fuse box labeled “garage”.......any ideas what may have happeded to make me loose power to 2 outlets, but still have power to others in garage? Also, thoughts on what may fix the issue?
Thanks,
joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!


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harleyguy

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 03:08 AM

Look for a gfi outlet in the garage. It might be tripped. Reset it and check for power.
Harleyguy

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Dark_Lightning

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 03:18 AM

The outlets are on a different circuit, simple as that…unless you have a hidden GFI, as has been mentioned. In my house, the kitchen electrical and garage electrical were all on one circuit- that is, outlets and lights. The microwave, toaster, kitchen and garage lights and outlets, all on one 15A breaker. It ain’t that way, anymore, I’ll tell you. Use the microwave and toaster at the same time, it would pop. Stupid. The microwave should be on its own circuit (and now is). And I divided the rest of the garage power up from the 220 going to the electric dryer (replaced it with a gas dryer) into two 4-gang boxes of opposite polarity. So, now I have 8 outlets. Lots of options, there.

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 03:20 AM

Yes, look for the GFI and it may not be in the garage. It may be an outdoor outlet or an outlet in a laundry room or in another wet area in the house near a sink.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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harleyguy

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 03:27 AM

If it turns out not to be the the GFCI then turn power off to outlets. Go to the last working outlet and remove it from the box. Check the wire connections as most are jumped from one outlet to the next. Just keep checking them one by one till you locate the bad outlet or loose connection.

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MOJOE

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 03:44 AM

You guys are brilliant! GFI in my sub-basement that was tripped….reset it, and all is well. Not sure how the thing got tripped, as it is a very very dry area…..none the less, the power is back on!
Thanks
joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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jbschutz

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 04:05 AM

Those GFIC breakers can be too sensitive and may need to be replaced.

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hhhopks

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 04:45 AM

Yes, GFIC sometime has false trip and should be replaced.
But, it may be doing exactly what it suppose to do. In your case the circuit feed multiple outlets. It is possible that the GFIC triped because of current leakage at these other receptacle locations. I would keep a close eye on it.

Labeling of the Panelboard usually is not very good.
You should relabel circuits that are incorrectly labeled or add more description to it.
The dedicated circuits (stove, dryer, AC..etc) are usually correct. It is the general purpose receptacles and lights are the ones that are typically are the problem (could be in multiple rooms).

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 10:28 AM

Freezer doesn’t need to be, and shouldn’t be on a GFI outlet. They are notorious for tripping them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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harleyguy

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 02:22 AM

Just an fyi that the circuit board in a gfci can also be tripped by motorola two way radio frequency. I ran into this when I rebuilt 900 apartments in Orlando.

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