mysterious receptacle question
I've had a mysterious drop in current/wattage delivery at kitchen outlet. A toaster is plugged into this 20A outlet and nothing else. When plugged in, the toaster hums, heats up, but not enough to actually toast. When plugged into another outlet, it does not hum and toasts just fine.
I've swapped the outlet for a new one, but there is no change. The wiring appears to be in good condition, clean no fraying, etc.... This is outside of my limited electrical experience.:confused:
Has anyone seen this before?
outlet not working properly
If the outlet is not at the end of the run, there should be at least two wire nuts inside the box with the outlet. Have you checked the wire nuts? Sometimes they will not have been put on tight enough and can get even more loose than they were to begin with. I've seen them so loose that if you pulled on one of the wires coming out of the wire nut junction they'll just all fall out in your hand. Unscrew each wire nut and check to make sure that the 12-gauge wires are first twisted together before the wire nut goes on. Makes for a much better (read safer) connection overall if you do that. Just a thought to look at. I agree with the previous posts also. Check voltage at the outlet with a meter. and check the wiring at the box that feeds this particular outlet. May also want to check the wire nut connections in the feed box.