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pilottcs 12-10-2011 07:09 PM

household voltage drop
The outside receptacle on my front patio only reads 85 volts. The receptacle gets its power through a GFCI in the garage. The voltage in and out of the GFCI is 125. What is causing my voltage drop?

joecaption 12-10-2011 07:15 PM

Loose wire, missing nutral. If the outlets are back stabed change them to under the screws.

Billy_Bob 12-10-2011 07:51 PM

Or you have a very large house and it is several hundred feet from your garage to your front porch, 14 guage wire, and a high amperage load on the circuit.

Voltage drop calculator...

This wouldn't be your house by chance would it... :)

dmxtothemax 12-10-2011 08:11 PM

Did you measure that voltage under load ?
Low voltage can be caused by loose connections (most common)
Or even a faulty cable.
But I would check all the connections first !
Even a faulty recepticule !

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