Intermittent Power Issue With No Tripped Breakers

I lost power in area of my home about a week ago, no breaker had tripped. So I waited for a bit and the power just came back on and it stayed on for about a week. I lost power once again in the same area and it did try to come back on, but never did and no tripped breakers. What could cause this? Right now I have all items in my bedroom that were plugged in a wall outlet unplugged and plugged into power strips and extension cords. Everything else is hard wired.

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September 1, 20190 found this helpful

Call the power company first. It may be a problem with the wiring going to your house. If that is the case, they will fix it for free.

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September 2, 20190 found this helpful

Were the items plugged into a certain outlet in the wall? Were all of them out? There is a simple plug in outlet tester you can get to see if there is a problem with your outlet. It has three lights on it. Are your outlets older 2 prong or newer three prong (grounded) outlets?

You could also have a faulty breaker. I would invest in the outlet tester first and go from there.


Good luck!

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September 2, 20190 found this helpful

Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a breaker has tripped as it may not flip back all the way. If you know what breaker is to this room you might try flipping it off - wait 5 to 10 minutes and flip it back on.

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If the breaker is bad you can sometimes check this by making the room dark and see if the any of your breakers are showing 'red' - if so this could indicate the breaker is going bad.

If you have a TV or window AC plus other lights and gadgets on the same outlet/breaker, there may be an overload if several happen to start at the same time (this happens in kitchens quite frequently when appliances 'start' at the same time).

You might pay a visit to Lowe's, Home Depot or Ace Hardware and explain what is happening and they should be able to guide you to the correct 'detector' to check your lines for the problem.

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September 3, 20190 found this helpful

I am a safety first gal so I never recommend home remedies for electrical issues--after of course you have done the basic like checking breakers and plugs. Intermittent problems are the scariest and in my world are always something that needs a pro to fix.

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My best recommendation is call someone ASAP and get the piece of mind of having them check it out!

Our guy has a deal where if you book online, you get $15 off the visit. That was something new I learned last issue.

Post back with an update! Hope it is an easy solution!

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September 3, 20190 found this helpful

First recheck your breakers, then call the power company. If those are not the issues, call an electrician. Power issues are nothing to fool around with. It could be faulty wiring that could set fire to your house.

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