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Old 07-06-2017, 09:08 PM   #1
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Golf cart charger made garage lights not work. Guess I blew something. Please help. T


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So I was charging my golf cart in my garage just earlier. I heard it cut off after just a few minutes. Then noticed all power in garage was out. This includes everything. Garage door, all outlets, ceiling lights etc. I checked all the gfi outlets around the house but none were tripped. Only one in garage. I reset them all but still no power. I also checked breaker box and no breakers were tripped. So what do you guys think I'm dealing with? Thanks so much for your help!

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Old 07-06-2017, 09:43 PM   #2
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Breakers don't always look like they have tripped.
Turn it off and on again. If it pops again you may have other problems.
Or you could just have a poor connection somewhere in one of those boxes.
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Yeah I turned off main breakers outside of house and then one by one breakers in my box in laundry room. Still nothing.

So I'm thinking the outlet the cart was plugged into looks a bit blackish. Could a bad outlet on a circuit make the whole circuit not work?
Thing is so many things run on this one circuit. All garage, outside front lights, attic lights and garage hallway into kitchen. So time being none of those work.
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Yeah I turned off main breakers outside of house and then one by one breakers in my box in laundry room. Still nothing.

So I'm thinking the outlet the cart was plugged into looks a bit blackish. Could a bad outlet on a circuit make the whole circuit not work?
Thing is so many things run on this one circuit. All garage, outside front lights, attic lights and garage hallway into kitchen. So time being none of those work.
Power goes from one to the next so if everything is out, It will closest to the breaker box. The electricians will be along to help you out.
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:23 PM   #5
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Had a similar incident last month. My son was working on his car using the air compressor. It died out midway through the job. We tried to reset the GFI outlet but nothing happened, so we assumed the compressor died. Went and bought a new one, a Porter Cable belt drive model which I've had my eye on, and brought it home. Filled it up with oil and plugged it in. Nothing. Turns out the GFI outlet died. Got a new one and everything is working again. Gave the old compressor to a friend.
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Yeah thing is there are 3 outlets in garage. One in the ceiling, one a couple feet up a wall, and one near the floor. Only one outlet is GFI and it's the one near the floor. Nothing was plugged into it. The golf cart battery was plugged into the outlet that's up the wall.
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Yeah I turned off main breakers outside of house and then one by one breakers in my box in laundry room. Still nothing.

So I'm thinking the outlet the it makcart was plugged into looks a bit blackish. Could a bad outlet on a circue the whole circuit not work?
Thing is so many things run on this one circuit. All garage, outside front lights, attic lights and garage hallway into kitchen. So time being none of those work.
1 - QUOTE - [ the outlet the cart was plugged into looks a bit blackish.]
ANS 1 - If it looks damaged in any way replace it.
2 -QUOTE - [ Could a bad outlet on a circuit cause the whole circuit not to work? ]
ANS 2 - YES !
3 - QUOTE - [Thing is so many things run on this one circuit. All garage, outside front lights, attic lights and garage hallway into kitchen. So time being none of those work.]
ANS 3 - The power for these things comes thru the suspected outlet, so
if that outlet or wiring to is faulty this could easily stop power to everything downstream.
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GFCI's don't trip on overload. They trip with ground fault, so you most likely have fried a connection in the receptacle. You could have damaged the GFCI's internal electronics as well, so replacing it may be a thing to do. Best thing to do is remove the power at the breaker and pull all the receptacles and do a physical inspection of the receptacle itself and the wiring to it. If it is using stab back connections, remove them by a twisting action and put them under the screw heads.
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Thanks for all the responses guys. What's odd is just a few minutes ago everything started working again in garage. All receptacles and lighting.

So for over 24 hours nothing worked and now it's back on. I never changed receptacle and planned on it this weekend.

So should I be concerned with anything? Is it odd it would start working again after 24 hours?
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This will give you a chance to map the system.
By un wiring one at a time you will be able to see in what order everything is connected so next time you will have a good idea where the problem would be, by what goes out and what doesn't. And in doing that you may find the problem.
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It didn't fix itself, that's for sure. A connection was remade either by gravity or by the tension in a wire, but it will happen again, and you could have heat problems where that wire is loose. As Neal said, map it all out, make sure all the connections are good and under screws.

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Check for loose screws in the breaker box too.
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Open the receptacle box where the charger was plugged in.
You may find a burned or loose connection.
If it looks "blackish" as you say, My money goes to burned open connection in that particular receptacle box.
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