I brought out my volt meter and it reads a curious 13 volts vs the nearest outlet that reports 122 volts. I tested the outlet with my multimeter and found that the voltage level was only 60 volts, rather than the normal 120. 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. 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. 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). 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. 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. These outlets are the only two acting up. Anyone know what the problem might be? Last edited by AssTyme; 04-08-2017, 11:43 AM. Power coming out from outlet is only 90 volts, what is the reason why this happen? I have tripped and reset the GFCI. Both outlets have four wires going to them so I'm not even at the end of a run. 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. The outlet appears to have 3 wires, I'm guessing the neutral, the ground and the hot wire. It tripped and reset fine, but had no effect on the outlet in question. 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. A low voltage reading indicates a partial "open". My take was The old phantom 60 volts - DoItYourself.com Community Forums I have removed the receptacle and checked the voltage across the wires (black to white) and I only get half voltage there as well. Only getting 60 volts at each switch. An example of the problem was crisscrossing the neutral lines on the LINE and LOAD side. Only 60 Volts At Light Switch... 04-08-2017, 11:39 AM. The capacitor has two functions; it induces voltage into the rotor as well as regulates voltage. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. The outlet is on a GFI circuit, but the other outlets on that circuit are fine. The following is an example of a method used to identify a low voltage problem on an outlet: Check for loose or faulty wiring connections at the power source before the outlet with low voltage. I am getting only half voltage at a 120v electrical outlet. 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. Today, I noticed that my shopvac wouldn't work when I plugged it into one of the outlets. I tested all the outlets with both a multimeter and by plugging in and running my shopvac. Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 18, 2011. PLUMBER RICK. 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. Everything else on this circuit works fine. I was changing out a bad starter switch, checking voltage on coil power its 120v I disconnected the hot wire, and capped it off. I am not an electrician so I have no idea what this means. Everything else on this breaker is fine. Why would you have 60 volts on a 120 volt outlet? Tags: None. A dirty, corroded, or loose connection. My family room light stopped working. 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