Does the neutral wire carry current in an energized system?

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asked Jan 14, 2019 in Engineering by arlienmik (220 points)
Does the neutral wire carry current in an energized system?

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answered Jan 14, 2019 by Brianbrian (430 points)
The neutral wire in an electrical system does carry current but the current in a neutral wire is carried under no pressure and is just a return path for the electricity.

The hot wire carries the electricity under full pressure and is why you get a shock from it but the neutral wire carries the electricity back under no voltage pressure.

So that's why if you test for electricity on the neutral wire on an energized circuit there should be no voltage reading on the neutral wire but there will be on the hot wire.

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