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1) Is the receptacle a 3 or a 4 prong?
2) Have you checked if any breakers were tripped and did you reset the breakers that control the lighting?
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1) Do you have the 2 hot cord wires terminating to the left and right most screw terminal on the dryer terminal strip and the dryer cord cord neutral wire terminated to the middle screw terminal?
2) Is the dryer cord green ground wire terminated to the dryer frame green frame ground screw?
1) Is the entire home without lighting or only certain areas (rooms) without lights?
1) Flip all of the individual breakers to the OFF position and then turn the main breaker to the OFF position. Then turn the main breaker back to ON and the remainder of the individual breakers to ON. Do the lights work?
2) Do you have an AC voltmeter available?
3) Do any of the lights dim or flicker?
1) Do you have an AC voltmeter available?
2) Check the wall receptacles, are these also dead?
Check the wall receptacles, are these also dead?
Thanks for confirming.
1) You either have a loose hot wire connection or a loose neutral connection or both. The problem can either be a utility issue or a loose connection at the meter socket or inside the main panel. You will need an AC voltmeter to confirm the problem.
2) Black marks on a receptacle indicate that arcing took place.
3) Are all or half of the home receptacles dead?
You tell me..........are 1/2 or all of the home receptacles dead and no power?
Then you either lost both hot phases from the electrical utility or you lost a neutral. Most likely a neutral issue if the entire home is dead. Thus the reason all of the 120 volt loads are dead.
You need an AC voltmeter to confirm the problem or you need a locally licensed electrician to confirm the problem if a utility issue or a house issue. Can you obtain an AC voltmeter to take a few measurements inside the main panel?
A voltage measurement is required at the main breaker lugs and the neutral bus bar inside the panel to confirm the problem.
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