Circuit breakers can be tripped off and still look as though they are on. At the first sign of loss of power, you should always check your circuit breakers. Go to the circuit breaker panel and flip the breakers to the “off” position. Leave them off for about 20 seconds before flipping them back to the “on” position. Check to see if this process has restored your power. If power has not been restored, contact an electrician.
Circuits can easily become overloaded, therefore major appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, and dishwashers should have their own dedicated circuits.
GFI outlets are required to be placed in any location where there may be moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and at certain exterior locations. GFI outlets, when presented with even the smallest electrical problem, shut off the power in order to keep you and your environment safe. If a GFI protected outlet shuts down, press the reset button on the GFI device.
It is possible to have a problem at a certain location with no GFI present. This location can be protected by a GFI device at another location. Make an effort to locate and reset all GFI devices on the premises. If resetting a GFI does not solve the problem you are experiencing, contact an electrician. GFI outlets should be tested at least once a month. This can be done by pressing the test button on the device.