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How to Repair a Hair Blow Dryer Outlet that Stopped Working


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Repair a Hair Blow Dryer Outlet: When the hairdryer stops working and the outlet does not have power then the problem is typically the circuit and can be resolved easily.


Electrical Repairs for a Blow Dryer Outlet

Electrical  Question: My wife was blow drying her hair this morning and the outlet stopped working.

  • I hit the reset button on the GFI outlet and nothing happened.
  • I then went to the breaker box and it doesn’t show anything it tripped either.
  • I used my multimeter to see if the outlet had any voltage and nothing.
  • I even pulled the cover off of the outlet and checked to see if voltage was coming into the outlet and still nothing.
  • I’m not sure where to go next? Blown fuse? If so how and where do I check it?

Any suggestions?

This electrical repair question came from: Jake, from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Jake.

How to Repair a Hair Blow Dryer Outlet

  • Bathroom Outlet Circuit Repair
    • When the hairdryer stops working and the outlet does not have power then the problem is typically the circuit and can be resolved easily.
    • Usually this happens when a hairdryer is being used as well as other items, such as a curling iron or heated curlers are plugged in, which all together may cause the circuit to become overloaded.
    • Even though the circuit breakers all appear to be in the ON position, most likely one of them is tripped.
    • To restore power to the bathroom outlet simply located the circuit breaker for the bathroom outlet receptacles, turn it all the way into the OFF position, then back into the ON position.
    • This will reset the circuit breaker and restore the bathroom outlet to be on so the hairdryer will once again work.
    • If this keeps happening then you may have to plug in fewer items at the same time.

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