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Old 08-09-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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Dead circuit - Breaker not tripped


Okay, I'm not a novice, but I'm no electrician. I would say I have medium skills.

Here's the deal:

I have a 20 amp circuit that leads to (in this order) the dishwasher, one outlet (not used) an over the sink light, and another outlet (coffee pot and toaster oven). I ran these lines about 2 months ago and all worked fine up until recently.

Suddenly, the power to this circuit keeps dying and the breaker is not tripping. I flip the breaker just for good measure and nothing.

I mean it just dies. It's not when we are using any of the appliances so I don't get it. If I turned on the dishwasher and I killed it, I might understand a little better.

Last weekend, I pulled the dishwasher out to start to try to figure out what was going on. I unplugged it and things started working again. I changed the DW plug thinking it was bad (it is not hard wired).

Is the breaker going bad? Is there an amerage problem with the outlet or the plug??

Any thoughts? THANKS!

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Old 08-09-2008, 03:17 PM   #2
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Okay, I'm not a novice, but I'm no electrician. I would say I have medium skills.

Here's the deal:

I have a 20 amp circuit that leads to (in this order) the dishwasher, one outlet (not used) an over the sink light, and another outlet (coffee pot and toaster oven). I ran these lines about 2 months ago and all worked fine up until recently.

Suddenly, the power to this circuit keeps dying and the breaker is not tripping. I flip the breaker just for good measure and nothing.

I mean it just dies. It's not when we are using any of the appliances so I don't get it. If I turned on the dishwasher and I killed it, I might understand a little better.

Last weekend, I pulled the dishwasher out to start to try to figure out what was going on. I unplugged it and things started working again. I changed the DW plug thinking it was bad (it is not hard wired).

Is the breaker going bad? Is there an amerage problem with the outlet or the plug??

Any thoughts? THANKS!

Sounds like a bad connection somewhere. Time to recheck your work and use a meter to see where the power stops, it could be a bad breaker, but I doubt it.

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Old 08-09-2008, 03:29 PM   #3
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I would agree with chris75, if the circuit starts at the dishwasher and unplugging it caused the circuit to work again, I would first start at that outlet, its probably a loose wire in that box thats causing the entire circuit to go dead. Check the connections at the wire nuts or terminals at the outlet. Also, good time to check to make sure your at least getting solid power to that box from the breaker too.
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