Finding an 'open' circuit in house wiring
I have a 120 vac duplex outlet to feed the cloths washer. It appears to be the only outlet on a 20 amp circuit breaker. That is there are no known other outages, lights in the laundry room work.
Problem: No power at duplex outlet
Check: verified no power with tester at duplex outlet and at the wires connected to the duplex outlet.
Check: verified circuit breaker was working, found power at the output terminal labeled as the washer circuit breaker
Next steps? The next most simple may be to check that all circuit breakers have power at their outputs, in case the CBs are mislabeled. If I can not find a faulty CB, trace the wire from the CB panel (in basement) to where it goes through the floor to the first floor laundry room. This will also verify I am checking the correct CB. Seems simple, if the CB is delivering power to the cable and the cable has no power at the outlet end, there must be a break in the wire, right?