Renter’s Repair Guide: Help! My Power Went Out!

When I worked as an on-site apartment manager I handled most of my tenants’ emergency maintenance requests, including occasional calls from tenants who had suddenly lost power in their apartments — a problem often proclaimed in distress as “My Lights Won’t Turn On,” “None of My Kitchen Appliances Work,” or “My Electricity is Broken or Something.” Hands-on experience taught me that a tripped circuit breaker is the most likely source of a power outage. One telltale sign of a tripped circuit breaker is that only part of your apartment loses…

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