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Turnip 06-17-2007 09:10 PM

Unreliable Receptacle
Hi everyone,

I have an unusual (maybe) problem I was hoping for some insight on...

I have a 20a wall outlet that serves my refrigerator. I moved it a few years ago when I cheated a kitchen wall back a couple feet by creating a junction box in the crawl space and extending my feed a few feet to meet the new wall.

Everything was fine until last week. My refrigerator (~20 years old) started getting intermittent power. I assumed my old fridge was dying and went ahead and bought a newer more energy efficient model and hooked it up- it wasn't on for five minutes when it stopped working. I finally wised up and tested the plug only to discover no juice.

Somehow, that plug is getting intermittent power. No circuits are tripping, no fuses are blown. I haven't had any juice in the plug for the last few hours, but I know for a fact it had juice when I plugged my fridge in and before.

I followed the line back and it looks like it just goes into the wall to the circuit breaker (hopefully connected to the 20amp fuse, but I'm not really sure).

I'm at a loss and was hoping for some insight. It may well require professional help, but I'd like to know exactly what the problem is before I start shopping for electricians.

My place was built in '53, two-wire with a 60amp service. My AC is pulled from a new service panel a year and a half ago.

I don't know if any of that information is relevant or not.

Thanks for taking the time to read this long post.

bigMikeB 06-17-2007 09:44 PM

Are you checking power at the outlet face or at the wires on the screw terminals? If you have no power on the wires, look at the splices in your junction box first. Also don't assume the neutral wire is ok, it maybe the problem.

Turnip 06-18-2007 05:12 AM

I tested for voltage at the screw terminals...

I have the least experience w/ electric... what do you mean don't assume the neutral is ok?

jbfan 06-18-2007 08:27 AM

Check the connection in the jbox in the crawl space.

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