Electrical Receptacles Not Working

We had a neutral (theoretically hot) and bare ground coming out of wall and all are hardwired to the dishwasher. We disconnected these 3 wires and a number of outlet receptacles went out. Any ideas as to how this was even possible? A solution for the fix would be awesome.



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November 18, 20160 found this helpful

With a non contact voltage pen, check to see if you still read voltage at the non-functioning receptacles. My guess is you do.

The dishwasher needed a neutral to run as well as a hot. It is also my guess that the neutral to your dishwasher goes to the neutral in your electrical panel. (It may be the the bare ground goes to the ground in your electrical panel.) It should be both, my guess is you only have one.

The dishwasher may have had a jumper between the neutral connection and the metal frame which is not code legal.

The bare ground wire, if wired correctly, should read a short circuit to the neutral because they are bonded in your panel. My guess is yours do not. I believe your bare ground wire or your neutral wire is used to feed the neutral of the non functioning receptacles. The dishwasher tied the neutral and bare wires together to allow your other receptacles to work.


I would have an electrician fix this correctly for you.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful

I think what you are saying is possible. It turned out to be something far easier to have over looked I am embarrassed to say but I will any way in the hopes it will help others. When you are not an electrician and you are trying to DIY, One may "Panic" and assume everything is just screwed up, beyond what you can understand, even thought home wiring is easy. It was the dame breaker I turned "Off" in the first place to remove the hard wired dishwasher. I thought the breaker was on but I needed to push it over a little more. As it all happened when I disconnected the dishwasher, I assumed it was that wire. I put a new receptical, "TOO CODE" in the wall and the new dishwasher is plugged in and working great. I appreciate you taking a good shot at this, and trying to help me. Thank You.

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