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Exterior power outlet is not working on the sudden

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Exterior power outlet is not working on the sudden

My builder installed two exterior power outlets at my front entrance covered porch. One is two feet from the ground, the other one is at the top corner of the porch ceiling. I guess it is intended for Christmas light connection. I notice the one on the top all the sudden is not working (get no power from it). I just wonder what could that. I have been using it to power up the front door camera. Would it be an expensive fix by an electrician ?

Thanks for any advice :)
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So the other outlet is still working? Have you checked to make sure the GFCI hasn't tripped?

C
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Check the GFCI for sure or see if it tripped on your breaker panel.
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CNeufeld wrote: So the other outlet is still working? Have you checked to make sure the GFCI hasn't tripped?

C
Yes, the other outlet is working. So, unless they are on different breaker. When I checked the main circuit panel, no breaker was jumped. Also, the ceiling outlet has only been plugged into a small device (web cam).
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The GFCI tripping doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a heavy load or the circuit breaker blowing. If it's a GFCI outlet, it will have the two buttons on it, a Reset and Test (I believe). Get up there, hit the Reset button, and see if that fixes it. I would bet it's the first thing an electrician does when he gets there...

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CNeufeld wrote: The GFCI tripping doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a heavy load or the circuit breaker blowing. If it's a GFCI outlet, it will have the two buttons on it, a Reset and Test (I believe). Get up there, hit the Reset button, and see if that fixes it. I would bet it's the first thing an electrician does when he gets there...

C
ok, I think I did try that reset button the last time when I climbed up. But I will try it again.

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rdx wrote: .. I notice the one on the top all the sudden is not working (get no power from it). .
Aren't those outlets usually tied to a light switch near the door?
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l69norm wrote: Aren't those outlets usually tied to a light switch near the door?
Look for a switch in a closet
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Its a switched outlet for christmas lights. Look for a switch

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