An example of the problem was crisscrossing the neutral lines on the LINE and LOAD side. These outlets are the only two acting up. Tags: None. By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. Only 60 Volts At Light Switch... 04-08-2017, 11:39 AM. Electrical - AC & DC - The old phantom 60 volts - Hi Guys: A guy has this situation: A set of outlets has 102v hot-to-neutral, but 60v from hot-to-ground and 60v ground-to-neutral. A dirty, corroded, or loose connection. Voltage won't just drain away in the case of the hot wire contacting a metal box. Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 18, 2011. I tested the outlet with my multimeter and found that the voltage level was only 60 volts, rather than the normal 120. 28 Posts . With the switch in the on position I got zero voltage (Actually it was 0.016V), but when I put the switch in the off position I got 60.2V. To test a capacitor, a multi-meter that can test capacitance is required. I have removed the receptacle and checked the voltage across the wires (black to white) and I only get half voltage there as well. Voltage tests are made at each outlet that is on the same circuit as the affected outlet. The outlet appears to have 3 wires, I'm guessing the neutral, the ground and the hot wire. Last edited by AssTyme; 04-08-2017, 11:43 AM. The outlet is on a GFI circuit, but the other outlets on that circuit are fine. I brought out my volt meter and it reads a curious 13 volts vs the nearest outlet that reports 122 volts. Everything else on this breaker is fine. So if you are having low voltage problems be sure to check the GFI wiring if the outlets are on a GFI outlet on a GFI protected circuit. It is unlikely that the plug will match the outlet, if you do hook a 240 v heater to 120 volts, you will only get about 1/4 the amount of heat. My family room light stopped working. I am not an electrician so I have no idea what this means. Only getting 60 volts at each switch. It tripped and reset fine, but had no effect on the outlet in question. This house is the old (1952) two wire with the metal sheathing for the ground ( the panel is a 200A breaker box though). A bad capacity will result in a low voltage reading from the generator as the power being generated will be from the residual magnetism of the rotor (usually about 2-5V). I have tripped and reset the GFCI. I checked the breakers and reset each one and even took off the outlet cover and hooked the volt meter up to the wires and it still reports 13 volts. Anyone know what the problem might be? Could a loose connection cause a voltage drop? The capacitor has two functions; it induces voltage into the rotor as well as regulates voltage. Today, I noticed that my shopvac wouldn't work when I plugged it into one of the outlets. - Answered by a verified Electrician. Both outlets have four wires going to them so I'm not even at the end of a run. Everything else on this circuit works fine. Power coming out from outlet is only 90 volts, what is the reason why this happen? A low voltage reading indicates a partial "open". Why would you have 60 volts on a 120 volt outlet? PLUMBER RICK. My take was The old phantom 60 volts - DoItYourself.com Community Forums When we went back to the GFI and fixed the connections for LINE and LOAD properly, the voltage problems we resolved. If the rest of the outlets on the circuit work ok, look for bad connections on that outlet or the one directly in front of it on the circuit. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. I am getting only half voltage at a 120v electrical outlet. I do know that there are different types of switches (2-way and 3-way) and the one in question is a standard single switch. I tested all the outlets with both a multimeter and by plugging in and running my shopvac. 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