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Look very closely at the breaker, it could be in the tripped position. Compare the position of the handle in relationship with the other breaker handles. If it seems a little bit out of align move the handle to the full off position. You should hear the breaker reset if it was tripped. Move the breaker to the full on position, this should restore the circuit. If the breaker trips off instantaneously when moved to the on position, check what caused the fault and remove it from the circuit.


(LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer]

Electricity is dangerous!

You can be injured or killed!

Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!

Troubleshooting is the height of the electrician's art...

The only reason there is "not enough voltage" somewhere is because there is a partially open connection providing resistance and a location to allow a voltage drop [bad splice, bad switch, bad breaker, broken wire, burned splice, ...].

It is the knowledge of how electricity works, and of the methods and materials used to create a functional wiring system, that enables a skilled troubleshooter to locate the problem and repair it.

Where should the "voltage" be, and how does it get there?

When you understand that, you will understand what is keeping it from getting where it should be...


You can only answer this question by taking a voltage reading, using a voltage tester, from the neutral bar to the output terminal of the breaker itself!

This exposes you to dangerous voltages in an open panel!


Call a licensed electrician!


As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

If you do this work yourself, always turn off the power

at the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work AND

always use an electrician's test meter having metal-tipped probes

(not a simple proximity voltage indicator)

to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.




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