QUESTION: The power went out in only part of our home. We have no power to outlets in the Bedroom, Bathroom, or Den. I checked the main breaker box and all circuit breakers are okay and not reset or tripped. So we have no popped circuit breakers. The kitchen lights ceiling and hallway ceiling lights are all on. However the lamps we have plugged into outlets in our bedroom are NOT ON, and NO LIGHTS are ON in the den that are connected to the outlets. So half of my house is dark and no breakers have tripped. We did have a big storm come through when I was at work and I came home to a dark house. How can this be? Can you please explain how this could happen and what we need to check?
ANSWER: Most likely reason for no power: Some new homes or recently renovated homes have the power outlets with the small breakers on them. These are called GFCI outlets. Newer homes will have a GFCI outlet, that if tripped can cause multiple rooms to not have power at the outlets. Simply put, if one resets, the other outlets “down the line” have no power. This is all done for safety reasons.
All you have to do to get power back to one section of your home, is to find the GFCI outlet that has tripped and push the reset button on the power outlet itself. You will then reset the GFCI outlet and restore the power to the other outlets that have gone dead. Basically, turn the power back on to all other outlets by pushing in the small reset button on the GFCI outlet that has tripped.
NOTE: The storm MAY have fried some circuits in the wall, or perhaps the outlet itself. Here are new GFCI outlets for purchase online if needed.
If the above information did not solve your problem:
A power feed may have failed. (A professional may be needed) It is standard in the USA to have two 120 volt feeds, 180 degrees out of phase. 240 volt circuits (for your clothes dryer) are made by using both feeds. Normal circuits use only one 120 volt feed. Half of the circuits normally draw from each feed. In your situation it seems as if one of the 2 feeds has failed in your home. To fix this will require a professional electrician.
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