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Answered 2007-07-04 04:34:19

This may be do to corrosion or arcing at a connection point. Look for corrosion or blakened spots where the wires connect to the outlet, wire nuts, and breaker. Look also at the point were the breaker makes contact with the bus bar. If there are other outlets on the same circuit as is common, and the other outlets are working fine. Than you can skip checking the braker and will need to check the outlets on that same circuit where the problem outlet is fed power from. This is assuming that there is good power coming from the bus bar in the power panel. What you are looking for is something that can make resisance in the circuit. A broken wire inside it's jacket is also a possiibillity. Don't forget to check the neutral (usually white wire) for a problem. The most important thing is safety, shut off the power before checking the circuit and remember that the bus bars in the power panel are HOT with 110 and 110 or 220 volits. Something is using that power you are not getting to your appliance, and more than likely is turning it into heat. If you are not comfterable checking for bad connections yourself, call an electrician. It is very likely this is a fire hazard.

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