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Lights and outlets not working after storm

Posted by lsst (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 12, 10 at 11:24

We had a huge storm last night. The lights flickered but stayed on.

After the storm, we noticed the garage door would not open and had no power to it. The receptacles in the garage and the laundry room light will not work.
They are all on the same circuit and same breaker.
The breaker never tripped.

I turned the breaker off and back on and still no power.

Our house is 6 years old.

My favorite electrician has moved out of state.

Can someone lead me in the right direction as to what steps I need to take to solve the problem?
Thanks in advance!


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RE: Lights and outlets not working after storm

All those receptacles are likely on a GFCI (and if you house is more than a few years old, probably all on the same GFCI). Look in those locations and any bathrooms or outside receptacles for an outlet with "TEST" and "RESET" buttons on it and press the RESET.


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RE: Lights and outlets not working after storm

Thanks for the reply!
I reset all the GFCI in the house.I will double check in case I missed some. Still no power to the light and receptacles.

I do have a porch GFCI that will not reset.With the heavy sheets of rain, I assume it may have tripped due to moisture. It is on a different breaker but it is not far from the garage.

Would a ceiling fixture have been on a circuit with a GFCI
receptacle? What is throwing me off is the light fixture not working.Both the light fixture and receptacles are marked in the box as being on the same breaker.

This morning I did purchase a new breaker for the non-working circuit and a new GFCI for the porch.
I have not installed them yet.


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RE: Lights and outlets not working after storm

The porch GFCI is likely your problem. Or there is another GFCI in the garage that is hidden behind the pile of boxes that have been there since you moved in.


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RE: Lights and outlets not working after storm

With the exception of certain bath fixtures, no lighting is ever required to be on GFCI, but who knows how your house might be wired.


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I will look behind the boxes!

joed,
LOL! I think my husband is glad it happened as now we may have to clean up the garage for an electrician! All the boxes are my stuff and he is tired of tripping over them!
When I get home I will look behind the boxes for a GFCI I may have missed.

ronnatalie,
That is what I thought but when building the house, I did have some problems with the electrical that were caught early on so I wonder too, how it might be wired.


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RE: Lights and outlets not working after storm

I finally found a GFCI behind the heaviest boxes!
It was tripped and would not reset.
I replaced it and I have power again.

Thanks!!!!!


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RE: Lights and outlets not working after storm

I loved it Joed, "YOU DA MAN", but now I have to go and change my shorts.


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