Diagnostic Flowchart For Home Electrical Outages
The chart below is not meant for every kind of electrical problem, just an outage that does not seem to be due to a tripped circuit breaker. If you know that the cause of your electrical outage is a circuit breaker or GFCI outlet tripping, the main Diagnostic Tree will be more helpful, as it will for an outage you have had in the past that is not currently happening. That Tree is also where shocks and flickering, dimming, or brightening lights are dealt with.
When outlets and lights in your home are not working, this is often due to a poor wire connection somewhere on the circuit. It is called an "open." To determine whether your problem is an open, and to find the location where a loose wire may need repair, follow this Diagnostic Flowchart. (If you are a more step-by-step person, you can go through the same process using the Yes/No diagnostic pages.)
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