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Old 06-30-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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03 Pace Arrow 36B - No power to microwave

Needed to turn on the microwave today so I turned both single pole/double throw (SP/DT) switches to "microwave" position and the microwave did not turn on. Upon trouble shooting the problem I discovered that there is no power is available to the microwave outlet or the washer/dryer outlet (the washer/dryer outlet is fed from one of the SP/DT switches). However, both the microwave and the dryer work properly when plugged into different outlets.

So I replaced the suspected right side SP/DT switch that had acted up previously but still no power to the two outlets.

The suspected defective right side switch that I had to previously flip up and down to get the microwave to work (it feeds hot water heater in up position and microwave in down position) has 120v at hot wire, 120v at UP position, and 5v at DOWN position.

The left side SP/DT (feeds washer/dryer in UP position and microwave in DOWN position) has no 120v coming to the hot wire and obviously cannot feed the dryer or microwave outlet.

There have been no unusual electrical events elsewhere in the MH (lighting strikes, spurious electrical problems, heavy use of electric heaters, me playing around with the electrical system, etc.) and all other 120v outlets work as advertised. Also, cannot find any GFI outlets that have tripped and the fuses (I know they are 12v) and the C/B's are not blown/tripped.

Any thoughts on why no 120v on the left side switch, which I assume is the basic problem?
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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If you have 5 volts in one position and 120 volts in the other, it has to be the switch. Did you use the correct switch? I presume you know it is a selector switch and not a regular on off switch.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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Correct switch?

Yes, I called Fleetwood and they said it is a single pole, double throw, on-off-on, 20 amp, 120v switch. I purchased one from Viking Electric here in MN and installed it in place of the right switch but still no power to the MW or dryer outlets.

For some reason the identical left switch has no power so now I am fighting that issue.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #4
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Wife says sometimes she does not have the switch pushed all the way over. Just a thought.

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Old 07-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Found the problem.

After the MW quit I was troubleshooting the switches and apparently reversed two wires. Once I figured that out I discovered that the outlet that the MW plugs into apparently had loose wires.

I simply pushed them back into their metal groove (this outlet is the all plastic RV style with non-standard connectors; you just push the wires into metal grooves to make the connection. There are no screws.) and the MW started to work again.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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Thank you for the update and solution.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:23 AM   #7
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Excellent. Glad you got it figured out.
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