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Old 12-14-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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Why doesn't light switch control my outlets anymore?


One of our light switches used to control the top plug on our outlets. Now they are all 'on' and the switch isn't controlling anything. What happened?

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Old 12-14-2010, 09:42 PM   #2
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Why doesn't light switch control my outlets anymore?


Assuming no modifications to the outlet or wiring, my initial instinct is to suspect failed switch. Regardless, this should not be too difficult to troubleshoot.

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:51 PM   #3
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Why doesn't light switch control my outlets anymore?


Most common cause is you changed the receptacle and didn't break the tab on the hot side. Or the switch is bad.
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