I am trying to change the outlets and switches in my condo. There is a half hot outlet in the living room. I replaced the switch and outlet, broke the brass tab bridge. The outlet works for supplying continuous power to the devices/lamp plugged in. However, the problem is that the switch doesn't control the top of the outlet as it used to (nor the bottom). What am I missing?

Answer

If the tab is broken, then the wire to it is hot all the time. Either the switch is wired wrong, or it is defective. Possibly, the hot and switched wires are spliced together somewhere.

Updated on April 16, 2018

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An Electrician Explains How to Wire a Switched (Half-Hot) Outlet
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