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Old 11-14-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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Hello,

Was watching tv last night, there was a smell which I couldn't place shortly before then out.

It's a basic two port electrical outlet both being used, one was a surge protector which had the tv, dvr plugged in the other was occupied by a portable room heater not sure of the voltage.

is this merely a blown outlet, or should I contact an electrician...checked the fuse panel and all seemed ok.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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Sounds like a loose connection inside the receptacle.
You could be overloading it with the space heater.
If you are not comfortable working with electricity, then call an electrician.

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Sounds like a loose connection inside the receptacle.
You could be overloading it with the space heater.
If you are not comfortable working with electricity, then call an electrician.

Even with the smell, i'll check the receptacle & check it out i'll make sure to shut off electric at the panel if it's not loose connections would the remedy be a new outlet?

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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New outlet is $1, I'd replace it regardless.

When you take it apart, if you see aluminum wire STOP and call a pro. But if it's all copper, curl the wire ends with needlenose pliers and secure them under the screw terminals. Make sure the curl goes clockwise under the screw head and curls at least 180 (more is better). Do not simply stab the wires into the holes in the back of the outlet.
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Portable heater?

That is most likely your culprit.

Replace the outlet, and check the plug on the end of the heater cord.
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New electric heater perhaps? They make a stink upon initial burn. Just an idea.
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Hello,

Was watching tv last night, there was a smell which I couldn't place shortly before then out.

It's a basic two port electrical outlet both being used, one was a surge protector which had the tv, dvr plugged in the other was occupied by a portable room heater not sure of the voltage.

is this merely a blown outlet, or should I contact an electrician...checked the fuse panel and all seemed ok.

Thanks in advance.
I you are using portable Electric space Heaters you should only plug them into a designated circuit (Home Run from your Electrical panel) but those should never be plugged into General purpose circuits.
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I you are using portable Electric space Heaters you should only plug them into a designated circuit (Home Run from your Electrical panel) but those should never be plugged into General purpose circuits.
What? How many people/homes do you think have a dedicated outlet in there living space?
Answer: none.
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O.k., changed the outlet and no luck, I will be contacting an electrician. If anyone can just tell me what to expect, tearing into walls? etc... just want to brace myself.

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O.k., changed the outlet and no luck, I will be contacting an electrician. If anyone can just tell me what to expect, tearing into walls? etc... just want to brace myself.
Then the fault probably occurred in an upstream outlet, switch, or light fixture. The electrician should check all those first. If he can't find a fault, then he'll need to pull new wire. Depending on how the wires are run, he may be able to fish new wire box-to-box without opening any drywall.

Or you might get unlucky and he will have to cut holes in walls, but that's only a last resort.
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Unless there is a hidden splice inside the wall, he should never have to cut into it.
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What? How many people/homes do you think have a dedicated outlet in there living space?
Answer: none.
I've seen many homes with dedicated outlets in living spaces.

Mostly for window A/C units. I just tell `em to use the AC outlet for portable heaters. No way would both be on at the same time ...
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I've seen many homes with dedicated outlets in living spaces.

Mostly for window A/C units. I just tell `em to use the AC outlet for portable heaters. No way would both be on at the same time ...
Not quite the same thing,is it?
That's like saying you've seen many of dedicated in living space,mostly electric stoves.
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I've seen many homes with dedicated outlets in living spaces.
Around here, no one has put in outlets for window A/C units since the '70s. Central air rules in the South.
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Around here, no one has put in outlets for window A/C units since the '70s. Central air rules in the South.
Even I used to live in South ( Alabama ) for short while not everything can run with central A/C there are some building like apartments they still use the window shaker so that is a common spot they used delcated circuit for it. ( it can be either 120 volts or 240 volts if big arze unit )( I only did see 3 so far with triphase plug but that is pretty rare as hen teeth unless they got it from motel which they decommsing the unit )

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