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

by Morpheus @, High Charity, Monday, July 26, 2021, 20:37 (60 days ago)

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!

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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).

Kerm

Electronic? Electric? (Advice Needed)

by Oholiab @, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 13:07 (60 days ago) @ Kermit

Sounds like a lightning strike. :(

It may be a combination of damaged outlets and damaged devices.

the only advice I feel comfortable giving is this: don't eff with electricity--call a professional.

Sadly, I concur with all these even though I have a pretty good working knowledge of and hands-on experience with residential electrical systems.

Electronic? Electric? (Advice Needed)

by CougRon, Auburn, WA, USA, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 22:00 (59 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!

I have to concur with others recommendation but some of these sound like they could be on dedicated circuits . Have you tried looking at your circuit breaker? For those on dedicated circuits try flipping those if your comfortable even if they appear to be ok.I have had instances where trip in the breaker is subtle or the room appears to be working but it because the room or certain things in it are on there own lines.

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by kidtsunami @, Atlanta, GA, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 06:00 (59 days ago) @ CougRon

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!


I have to concur with others recommendation but some of these sound like they could be on dedicated circuits . Have you tried looking at your circuit breaker? For those on dedicated circuits try flipping those if your comfortable even if they appear to be ok.I have had instances where trip in the breaker is subtle or the room appears to be working but it because the room or certain things in it are on there own lines.

To that end, check if any GFCI outlets (the ones with "Test" "Reset" buttons) got tripped in the process.

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by CougRon, Auburn, WA, USA, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 12:51 (59 days ago) @ kidtsunami

To that end, check if any GFCI outlets (the ones with "Test" "Reset" buttons) got tripped in the process.

Oh, forgot about those. Annoying as hell sometimes to do. The GFCI can encompass several plugs themselves.

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by ManKitten, The Stugotz is strong in me., Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 14:37 (59 days ago) @ CougRon

To that end, check if any GFCI outlets (the ones with "Test" "Reset" buttons) got tripped in the process.


Oh, forgot about those. Annoying as hell sometimes to do. The GFCI can encompass several plugs themselves.

^yup. Nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out why an outlet isn't working, then learning the "upstream" GFCI got tripped. Especially how some older houses are wired, or if it's a previous owner DIY job. That tripped outlet could be in a weird place.

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