Electrical

No Electrical Power, And Circuit Breakers are Not Tripped

No Electrical Power

It happens sometimes. All of the sudden your lights go out, or an outlet does not have any power. You may instantly look at the electrical panel to check if a circuit breaker popped, but this does not solve the issue!

Here are common electrical issues that cause power to stop working and fixes to those issues!

Common Electrical Issues & Fixes

An Outlet Does Not Have Any Power

Alright, this one may seem so simple, however, it has happened to me personally so many times. And that is, the outlet is wired to a switch. Be sure to check all switches to see if the power comes on. In most cases, the switch is only wired to the top or bottom section of the outlet.

First Step

If you have not already, you should check all circuit breaker boxes and reset the power to the house. Be sure to reset your power at your main shut-off, sub panel, and each individual circuit. (Circuit breakers should be exercised monthly anyway).

Second Step

Next, you should verify where there is power and where there is not power. This will help determine the source of the issue.

If there is still power to the room, then we know the outlet without power is the issue. If a room does not have power, it might be the breaker or wiring inside the walls.

Check for loose connections at the problem outlet. Furthermore, try replacing the outlet if this still does not work.

My Lights Turned Off or Flicker

If your lights turned off or flicker, you should first check the electrical panels like we did above:

“If you have not already, you should check all circuit breaker boxes and reset the power to the house. Be sure to reset your power at your main shut-off, sub panel, and each individual circuit. (Circuit breakers should be exercised monthly anyway).”

Next Step

After we verify power is running through the home by the electrical panels, we should check if the entire room has power or if it is just the light bulbs. If it just the light bulbs, we should just replace the bulbs.

On the other hand, if there is no power to a room, then there could be an issue with the circuit breaker or wiring inside the wall. Speak to an electrician for further evaluation.

Common Cause of Flicker Lights

I have seen new construction LED lights flicker often when certain high wattage items are operated (like a vacuum). This is due to the LED lights or total amperage of the home.

If your home is still new and under warranty, you can talk to your builder. Moreover, if your home is older, try replacing the LED lights first.

Tools for No Electrical Power Fixes

Home inspectors can use tools like thermography cameras to inspect for surging. Also, you can purchase a voltage detector to find where there is, and is not power.

You should also read this home issues by year timeline. By using your home’s age, you can find out if you have potential electrical hazards in your home. In certain states, having these electrical hazards can prevent you from getting home owner’s insurance.

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Aaron Shishilla

Aaron Shishilla

Aaron Shishilla is the youngest registered professional inspector in the State of Florida. Coming from a family-owned home inspection company and being an inspector since the age of 18, Aaron now is the marketing manager at Waypoint Property Inspection.