I have a situation with the electric in my kitchen. My house is about 65 years old and it has most of the original wiring, so things are pretty old.
The major appliances using electricity in the kitchen would be microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove (gas). The dishwasher and stove are in outlets on a different circuit than the microwave and fridge. Recently, on particular occasions, when we would run the microwave it would "short" the few outlets on the kitchen breaker. I use "short" with probably the most lay meaning possible. I will attempt to describe what was happening.
The microwave would stop working mid-cook. The digital display would be blank. I would go down and check the breaker box to find none of the breakers to be tripped. I would usually unplug the microwave, plug it back in and get the digital display back. Start the cook again, and it would usually finish. After this happened a handful of times, the next time it happened, the refrigerator lost power as well. Again no breaker tripped (not even sure if this is the right word but you know what I mean). I think there were a couple times that resetting the breaker (manually powering off then back on) would get the fridge (and microwave) to start working again.
Eventually after 1-3 times of this, the fridge would no longer work in the kitchen outlets (all three on that circuit with the mircrowave), and that is where we stand right now. If I plug in the baby monitor in those three outlets (both top and bottom) it works. We have since moved the microwave, so I'm not sure if it works right now. The fridge does not work and is being run, by extension cord, into an outlet in the living room. This is very annoying because it becomes dislodged frequently when the dog eats his food in the vicinity of the extension cord. I figure I'm going to wind up coming home to a warm fridge one of these days soon.
To my neophyte eye, it appears that the fridge is not getting enough power? What could be causing this? Could the connection to one of the outlet boxes be compromised and that is throwing off everything that is "down stream" if that makes sense?