Once you locate the correct switch, check the position. If the switch is facing inward towards the middle of the panel, it means the outlet is on. If the switch is facing the outside of the panel, the outlet is shut off. If the switch is in the middle, facing neither the inside nor outside of the panel, it has been tripped and needs to be reset. The breaker must first be switched to the off position (to the outside of the panel), then it may be switched back to the on position (to the inside of the panel). Simply switching the breaker on first will not turn the outlet back on, but will simply leave the breaker in the tripped position.
If resetting the breaker does not work, you may have blown a fuse. A blown fuse may be discolored, cloudy, or even have broken or melted pieces of metal inside. Save this job for a certified electrician from Nichols Electric here in Rochester, NY.
Here in Rochester, NY we have seen our fair share of power outages, especially when the weather gets bad. If the entire house seems to have no electricity, the issue may be related to the electrical company. In this case, contacting the electrical company or even checking with neighbors is a way to determine if there are outages in the area.
If none of these electric troubleshooting tips help, call Nichols Electric at (585)-427-9310. We have proudly been serving the Rochester, NY area since 1984 and our certified electricians are always happy to help restore your electricity.