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Okay, not sure if this is the place to start this thread but I'm in dire need of advice. Of course the 2 electricians I phoned didn't answer, probably because it is a Sunday so I'm reaching out to CD. We have a 30 year old house and probably with the original electricial. Now, I'm upstairs vaccuming, and the vaccum shuts off from it's outlet along with 5 other outlets throughout the house. Now normally, if a fuse blows, I just press the button in the fusebox and it goes back on. This time, none of the buttons needed to be pressed and when I went back to check all the outlets, all 5 of them are now not working. Is this something that can wait till morning until I can hunt down an electrician? Of course I'm worried about a fire with a family of six, my DH knows nothing about this issue and I'm panicked. Can anyone reassure me? Please only those that may be sure about this. Jeannie
 

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Okay, not sure if this is the place to start this thread but I'm in dire need of advice. Of course the 2 electricians I phoned didn't answer, probably because it is a Sunday so I'm reaching out to CD. We have a 30 year old house and probably with the original electricial. Now, I'm upstairs vaccuming, and the vaccum shuts off from it's outlet along with 5 other outlets throughout the house. Now normally, if a fuse blows, I just press the button in the fusebox and it goes back on. This time, none of the buttons needed to be pressed and when I went back to check all the outlets, all 5 of them are now not working. Is this something that can wait till morning until I can hunt down an electrician? Of course I'm worried about a fire with a family of six, my DH knows nothing about this issue and I'm panicked. Can anyone reassure me? Please only those that may be sure about this. Jeannie
Well, don't panic, yet. Unplug everything from the affected circuit, and turn off the circuit breaker that you think controls that circuit. No power, no problem, right. What I think you will find is a bad connection in one of the outlets that went out. The current drawn by the vacuum was the straw that broke the camel's back. Often, the connection is on the verge of reconnecting, so you may be able to locate the culprit outlet by plugging the vacuum in and turning the switch on. Then with another device, a table lamp for instance, walk around and plug it into the other dead outlets. If you're lucky, this will disturb the bad connection back to life, and you will know where to repair it.

But if you want to wait on the electrician, turn the power off to the bad circuit for the night.
 

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In some cases the breaker looks like it has not been tripped - but it has
So you ned to actually turn the breaker fully off, then on to reset

Unless youhave the fusebox with the little fuses w/buttons?
 

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Look around and see if you have any GFCI receptacles in the area. It could be tripped. You say upstairs vacuuming. Does that mean its a bed room. Chances are slim that you would find a GFCI in a bedroom, but you never know. Take a look around.
 

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Now normally, if a fuse blows, I just press the button in the fusebox and it goes back on.
Not that it helps the OP but it sounds like maybe a Pushmatic panel?

I agree with the advice given. Could have been a chronic problem leading up to a failure at a splice or connection in the circuit.
 
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