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Quick 08-13-2008 07:09 AM

Outlets Work - Switches Do Not?
After a recent storm rolled through just about everything in the house was inoperable. After flipping a few breakers off and on here and there the majority of things came back online.

The lingering problem I have is that the outlets along with the stove, microwave and fridge in the kitchen work just fine, but anything connected to one of the light switches is completely dead. This is 3 separate lights and a garbage disposal and two separate switches that are not working. I've tried replacing bulbs and resetting the garbage disposal from under the sink, but nothing has made any difference.

Anyone have a thought on this of how I could go about tracking this down further? We just moved into the house and have been spending money to fix everything and I really don't want to pay for an electrician to come out right now if I don't have to, but if I don't get the lights back on in the kitchen soon, I think my wife is going to start sh*tting kittens.

Thanks in advance,


HouseHelper 08-13-2008 08:00 AM

Look for a tripped GFCI receptacle somewhere in the kitchen, garage, or bathroom, or a GFCI breaker in the panel. These are the devices that have a "test" and "reset" button. Press the reset button.

Normally lights are not GFCI protected, but if it is an older home, anything is possible.

Quick 08-13-2008 01:52 PM

HouseHelper, thanks for the information. The house is only about 7 years old, but given the craftsmanship that didn't go into other things in the house, I wouldn't be surprised by anything anymore. I'll have a look around and see what I can find in the adjacent rooms, and see if there's one hiding behind the fridge in the kitchen as I've pushed the reset on all the ones I could find in the kitchen already.

I'm also going to break out the voltage meter tonight and test the breakers in the garage and see if maybe one of the breakers is bad.

If you or anyone else has further thoughts on this I'd appreciate any input even if it's just "Well have you tried..." type stuff. The electrician we normally use wants $105 just to come out and look for an hour and I'd rather get the troubleshooting out of the way myself if I can to save the non-labor time.

Thanks again HouseHelper!


jbfan 08-13-2008 02:28 PM

It is good that you want to get the troubleshooting out of the way, but if I was coming to look at the problem, I would ignore just about everythig you said or did. I have my ways to troubleshoot, and have been led down the wrong path by HO before!

Just my 2 cents worth!

Quick 08-13-2008 02:54 PM

LMAO @ jbfan.

You know I didn't even stop half a second to consider that. I never pay attention to what someone who would be considered a "homeowner" in my line of work tells me either when it comes to troubleshooting an issue. I do my own troubleshooting so I know it's actually been done and done correctly.

Regardless though, if I find nothing, then I'll not say anything just in case I missed something so I don't look like a total retard to whomever gets sent out. If I do find something, I'll just point that out specifically and leave out anything else I did, just in case they do listen to me.

Thanks for the laugh jb. =)


jbfan 08-13-2008 04:01 PM

I'm glad you got a laugh out it. After posting it I kinda sounded like an azz!

Quick 08-13-2008 04:10 PM

LOL Not at all. Anyways thanks for all the help, I've got a dead breaker it looks like and everything is wired weird for the kitchen so I guess that makes sense now. Quick

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