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Electrical problem #185110
03/03/09 12:06 PM
03/03/09 12:06 PM
willijimon  Offline OP
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Joined: Mar 2009
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San Diego
An electrical outlet is hot to the touch but nothing is plugged into it

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Re: Electrical problem [Re: willijimon] #185111
03/03/09 12:52 PM
03/03/09 12:52 PM
sabrown  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 302
Ogden, Utah, USA
A receptacle that is hot with nothing plugged in is a sign of wiring failure. This may cause a fire at any time. PLEASE turn off the circuit breaker to this receptacle immediately and call a qualified electrician to correct the problem. Do not do this yourself, even if you have some qualifications, there are major problems you will likely miss.

Re: Electrical problem [Re: sabrown] #185120
03/03/09 04:08 PM
03/03/09 04:08 PM
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,186
99.9% of the time this is just going to be a loose connection at the receptacle. I bet you are also =having problems down stream (flickering lights etc). An AM radio is probably painful to listen to.
Mr Brown is right. Get this checked out before you have worse problems.

Do you have aluminum wire?

Greg Fretwell
Re: Electrical problem [Re: gfretwell] #185123
03/03/09 06:54 PM
03/03/09 06:54 PM
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,935
Brick, NJ USA

As your profile does not indicate you are in the electrical trade....

Please contact a licensed professional in you area to check your 'hot' receptacle promptly.

I am locking this thread, as providing 'advice' to DIY people is non-approved.



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