Hi there. I'm trying to figure out what the problem could be with the receptacles in one room of my house. When I moved in 3 weeks ago, I plugged my phone charger into one of the outlets
. It worked for about 2 minutes, then the outlet stopped working. I checked the breakers (none tripped) and scratched my head about this for a while.
Since this room is next to the kitchen, I thought I would check the GFCI outlets in there. Sure enough, one (on the adjoining wall to the room without power) had tripped. I hit the reset button and my phone started charging again. For another two minutes. Stopped working again. Checked the GFCI, not tripped. Checked ALL the GFCI outlets in the kitchen. None were tripped. REPLACED the GFCI outlet that had originally tripped. The outlet works, but none of the ones in the other room do.
Today, I pulled out all of the receptacles, expecting to see that they were wired in series, and thinking it was probably the case that the outlet that shared a wall with the GFCI that had tripped was maybe wired incorrectly or the wires were loose. Well, they're not wired in series at all. They're wired in parallel. In each of the boxes (except for one, see more later), there's exactly one black, one white, and one copper running in through a hole in the blue box. One of the outlets, though, (the one I would expect to be the fourth out of five in a series) still has one black, one white, and one copper running to it, but stuffed in the box are multiple sets of wires connected by butt connectors
The power is still off in the room, none of the breakers on the main panel or the sub panel have been tripped, and none of the GFCI outlets in the adjoining kitchen have been tripped. All of the breakers are 15's or 20's. Any ideas?