So, this is very odd. Yesterday I was using the microwave when suddenly it died on me. This happens time to time, but normally because someone else is using a hair dryer or something, for whatever reason the outlets in the kitchen are on the same curcuit as a bunch of other things in the house, including the downstairs bathroom.
However, this time when I went to flip the breaker back, there was no flipped breaker. Everything looked good on the board. What? I went upstairs and at first thought the microwave might have taken a crap, but noticed the air fryer was also down. A quick test revealed all three outlets along one wall, plus an outlet on the opposite side of said wall, are down. In addition, the outlets in the bathroom are down, and the lights are not coming on in the bathroom or room just outside the kitchen.
The GFCI outlets that are down will not pop the reset button when TEST is pushed, which Google tells me means they aren’t getting power. My Dad theorizes that one of the 120 lines coming into the house is down, and I need to call the Utility company to have them come out and investigate, while my wife thinks one of the outlets in the kitchen (probably the one the microwave goes into) is bad and causing the issue. I’m willing to pick up a few more GFCI outlets (the ones we have are at least 14 years old from when we moved in) but I can’t help but wonder about the fact the lights don’t work… would replacing one bad GFCI outlet fix all of this?
Dad’s theory holds more water for me, but he pointed out the dryer needs both 120’s to operate - one for power/motor functions and one for heating, and our dryer is both running AND heating, so maybe it IS a bad outlet?
Or maybe something else? Anyone else have any theories? I’ve about 3 hours before the store opens up and I can grab some 15A outlets. If you don’t hear from me again, I probably electricuted myself!!
By the way, to make sure I don’t accidently end up on a Darwin award, I’m actually turning off power to the entire house before I replace these recepticles, just to be sure, since I don’t know which breaker is the one that normally flips when this happens and I’m not taking any chances, I’ll just reprogram clocks and the like when I’m done.