New home blues. Just bought a house and finding all the bugs. In my master bedroom there are about 6 plugs on a circuit. I have a couple lamps, a fan, and my phone charge plugged into the circuit, but into different receptacles. I noticed that my phone charger was not working (though the lamp in the same receptacle was working), and when I unplugged it, the whole circuit died. The lamps turned off and the fan stopped. Again, the fan and other lamp were plug into different receptacles. After a while everything works again, but if I remove a plug from the receptacle the issue returns. If I jiggle a plug I can see the lamps dim. I don't even know where to begin on trouble shooting this. I do have a light switch in the room that appears to do nothing. Was assuming this could control outlets, but doesn't appear to. Help.
First, post a TaskRabbit to get a handyman out to replace the defective socket. One hopes the handyman knows to check the break-off tabs.
The light switch does nothing for a reason such as
- When you checked receptacles, you only checked one socket per receptacle, because you didn't realize receptacles could be split.
- In the past, someone replaced receptacles, and didn't check the tabs.
You can find the undiscovered socket. A competent handyman can find the mis-replaced receptacle.
But have the known-bad receptacle fixed first.