Electrical Wiring in the Home/Bathroom Outlet


I have a bathroom outlet with a GFCI. The outlet has power but seems to not have enough power running through it. Example: I plug in a wax warmer, the light turns on and is hot to the touch but the wax isn't melting. Would this be a wiring problem or the outlet is starting to go bad?

I would more question the element in the warmer, but you can use a volt meter to check the actual volts at the outlet. Plug a drop cord into the receptacle and plug the warmer into the cord then using a meter with the warmer on check the socket of an empty plug to see if there is a voltage drop. Thanks J
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J Cook


General electrical wiring, including but not limited to, residential, panelboards, control wiring, low voltage wiring, Heating and A/C control wiring, single and three phase wiring.


I have been doing electrical since high school. I have been licensed by the State of North Carolina for ten years and am currently the Building Maintenance Superintendent for a municipality. I have extensive control wiring experience.

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