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Residential Troubleshooting

Today I had a request to restore power to a washing machine circuit. The homeowner knew that the washing machine was not working and knew that there was no power at the outlet but did not know why. After troubleshooting it, I traced it back to the electrical panel where I found a wire that was not connected to a breaker. After verifying the integrity of the wire, I connected it to a spare breaker and got power at the washer outlet. However, I only found 18 volts and the washing machine requires 120 volts to work properly. After a bit more troubleshooting, I found a loose connection in an outlet, repaired it, and the washing machine worked perfectly. In the end, everybody was happy with a job well done.

Burned up connection in outlet

Burned up connection in outlet

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