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Solved Electrical Light Switch Problem

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by kirkmiller, Nov 12, 2017.

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  1. kirkmiller

    kirkmiller Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2009
    I turned off a circuit breaker to a circuit that feeds two bedrooms -- a light switch and several outlets in each room. When I turned on the circuit breaker a few hours later, everything on the circuit worked except a switch in one bedroom that controls a fan with a light. All outlets in both rooms and the light switch in the other bedroom worked. I replaced the light switch, and that didn't fix the problem. I used a tester on the wires to the non-working light switch, and it showed that no electricity is being fed to the switch. What caused this problem and how do I fix it?
  2. Drabdr

    Drabdr Moderator

    Nov 26, 2007
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    Hi there!

    Turning the breaker off/on would not have affected that one switch. There has to be another solution.
    Was there anything else where wiring changes occurred? A plug or anything.
    Before changing the switch, you could have used your meter. Put one lead against a ground, and the other on the top/bottom screw to check for voltage. Most likely that switch is being fed from another plug.

    Or, the breaker could feed that switch. Somehow, the wires (neutral and/or hot wires) was left off?

    So check the voltage in the switch again (please be careful...). Also, assure that all the wires (hots and neutrals) are connected properly.
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