Troubleshooting Electrical Outlet

One of my outlets only has 51 volts; what could be wrong?

By Juan


Troubleshooting Electrical Outlet

Do not use that outlet!


Slap some tape over it or something. The only thing I can think of is that you have a loose connection somewhere along the way and some tarnish has built up, increasing the resistance. That join is going to overheat and could start a house fire inside the wall.

Shut down power to the breakers (pull the meter if you have to) and tighten all screws you can find in the breaker box and the outlet. Restore power and slap the meter on it again. If it's still low, you need someone with electrician skills to find and correct the problem. It may be one of those wire nuts, and the problem will be finding the darn thing. (07/28/2010)

By Phillep


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