I was using a small 3gal compressor (rated 15A) in my house when I lost
power to 4 outlets. I immediately thot it was a breaker so I checked, none
tripped. I turned each one off and on again and power was still not
restored. I pulled the outlet from the wall where I had the compressor
plugged in and all the wiring still appears new, tough, like it was just
installed (house is a mere 7 years old) in other words, nothing was burnt or
melted within the wall of the said outlet nor did I smell anything nearby or
at the breaker panel. I got my multimeter and took some measurements:
Incoming is 440VAC from outside to panel rated 200amps
12.5 ohms between the black & white wires, no voltage.
125 VAC from the white wire to ground, 60 Hz
124.5 VAC from the black wire to ground, 60 Hz
So the power is there on both wires but not connected between the two.
What could the problem be? A friend suggested a faulty breaker but would
there still be voltage on both wires to ground?
And info appreciated.
18 years ago