Electronic? Electric? (Advice Needed) (Off-Topic)

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 08:32 (60 days ago) @ Morpheus

I have a question to ask, and to be honest I'm not sure what I need to do. A few weeks ago, I was out of town for the weekend. Apparently while I was gone, there was a massive storm that landed where I live. When I came back, the power to the house itself was still on, but certain electrical devices scattered around the house no longer work, no matter what. I've tried plugging them into different outlets, resetting them(where necessary, I mean one of the plugs was for the water heater and garage door) but it acts as if it isn't getting power at all. So far, the items I've found disabled are my garage door opener, my water heater, my HDMI splitter in my room, the 2nd floor air conditioning, and an external hard drive. What I'm trying to figure out is if I need to replace the plugs for them, or the entire device. If anyone needs any further details, I'll provide them where I can. Thanks in advance!

Sounds like a lightning strike. :(

It may be a combination of damaged outlets and damaged devices. I was going to suggest testing the outlets with working devices if you haven't, but after writing several caveats to go with that suggestion, the only advice I feel comfortable giving is this: don't eff with electricity--call a professional. I realize that you're probably trying to avoid that or you wouldn't be asking here, but I think for the safety of you and your family, you need to do it.

I say all this as the son of an electrician who nevertheless knows less about these things than many (sorry, Dad).


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