I started to replace a wall switch with an outlet tonight and when I
measured the voltage, I only got 80 volts. I wondered if it might be a warn
out breaker? I've lived here for 23 years....the breaker is probably 35
years old. I was told that they can get weak if they've been blown a few
times. Don't remember this one ever blowing though.
Is there any other reason that this switch would only have 80 volts on it. I
can't even remember what the switch goes to. An upstairs light I think. It's
a high ceiling light that we don't ever use. There are three wires going to
the switch. The black and white are together on one side of the switch. A
red wire is on the other. Power goes across either the black or white to the
red. That's where I'm reading the 80 volts.
Would you recommend replacing the 20 amp breaker with a new one? I don't
guess it would hurt anything.
14 years ago