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Half of House Electrical Not Working

In my house half of the electrical is not working. I've checked and reset circuit breakers, still no power to both bathrooms, both light switches in kitchen, hall, and door bell. Could it be bad outlets? PGE said they would not come out because it is switches and outlets. Help.


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October 19, 20150 found this helpful
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If half the power is out, in sounds as if you lost one leg of your electrical power. Power comes in on three wires with two hots and a neutral. 120 VAC from hot 1 two neutral. 120VAC from hot 2 to neutral. 240 volts AC from hot 1 to hot 2.

The two hot wires feed the main breaker. The main breakers feed all the other breakers that feed your house.

Each of the hot wires is called a leg.

The question is, where did you lose your power? It may be the incoming to your main is dead on one leg or it may be that the main breaker is dead on one leg.

If you tell the utility one leg is dead and have them come out to service it and it turns out to be your breaker, you will probably be billed and nothing will be fixed.


I would suggest having an electrician come out to diagnose the problem and only involve the utility based on the opinion of the electrician.

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

I have half the power at my home off

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