I had a weird electrical issue yesterday. Dont really need an answer, as I just recommended an electrician anyways, but thought I would share.
Was doing an 11th month inspection, and one receptacle (not on a switch) would work normal on the bottom half, but as soon as I plugged my tester into the top portion, it turned off the other receptacles in the same room, but nothing tripped.
As soon as I unplugged my tester, everything came back on again. I have no idea what would cause that.
I normally only test one half of the receptacle, but maybe I should be checking both… This one had a christmas tree plugged into the lower half, otherwise I may never have known.
Just an idea.
Outlet split between two circuits. A split outlet is a duplex electrical outlet that is split into two sections so that each section receives power from its own separate hot or powered wire? Top outlet power by switch usually on the hall wall…
If you tested the top outlet how could you know current was not feed in the top of other outlets?
Yea I think it could be a loose connection somewhere. I had a house a few months ago where if I wiggled the tester, the receptacle would loose power in certain positions of the tester. The ceiling light also lost power when the receptacle lost power.
A properly installed outlet shouldn’t move when something is plugged into it. Daniel doesn’t indicate that the outlet moved when something was plugged in. A bad connection that totally disrupts downstream current flow implies outlet movement. That alone would require attention in my book.
A good sparky will never use the push in connections on the outlet as these are notorious for bad connections. Can’t say that simply using the outlet would make them act up.