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Old 01-05-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Electrical outlet not working.

How do I find out why the outlet is not working? It is wired with a red wire, black wire, white wire & ground wire. None of the wires are live & no fuses seem to be blown. Could the problem be related to the red wire? This seems unusual in an electrical outlet. If it is for a switch, I cannot find it. Suggestions?


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Old 01-05-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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A red wire on the receptacle along with the black may indicate a switch controlled receptacle. In this arrangement one half is hot all the time.

Do you have any test equipment? It would really help with the troubleshooting.


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If you have breakers the breaker could look like it is still on. Turn it off then back on to reset it.
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Where is the recep located. It could be a split wired MWBC .
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