Many homeowners don’t know a lot about the inner workings of their home’s electrical system. A broken electrical outlet is a common issue that most people will encounter at some point. Is your electrical outlet not working?
There are a few things you can try safely at home, but the team at Ontime Electric recommends hiring a professional electrician to diagnose and fix any electrical issue that you may be having. Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about how to fix an electrical outlet.
Check Circuit Breaker
If there is too much flow of electricity headed for the outlet, the circuit breaker it’s connected to will trip and turn off to prevent it from overheating and starting a fire.
If the break is flipped to the off position, simply flip it back which might fix your issue.
Fuse is Blown
If you have an older home that uses fuses instead of circuit breakers, you need to check the fuse box.
Look for any fuses that appear to be melted or that have a glass casing with a funny color. Once you find the blown fuse, replace it with a new one.
Tripped GFCI Outlet
GFCI, which stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter, is an outlet that is engineered to shut itself down when a short is detected.
You’ll mainly find them near areas with water including a bathroom, kitchen, or outside. They always have easily identifiable buttons labeled “test” and reset” on them.
Burned Out Outlets
In some cases, a strong electrical current can start a fire in an electrical outlet. It will stop working and you may see some signs of blackened plastic on the outside of the outlet.
If you notice this, the entire outlet will need to be replaced. This also means your home could face danger and you should have the issue handled immediately by a professional electrician.
Sometimes outlets have one plug that is controlled by a wall switch. If you’re getting no power from one of your outlets, try flipping a wall switch to see if that allows the electricity to start flowing to your plug.
On most models, it’s the lower plug that is connected to a switch.
Loose wiring can often cause an outlet to not work correctly. To check this issue, the outlet must be unscrewed from the wall. It’s highly recommended that you hire a professional, certified electrician to handle this potentially dangerous task.
The electrician can pull the outlet out from the wall and see if any wires need to be tightened, stripped or fully replaced.
It rarely happens, but sometimes your outlet is faulty and just needs to be replaced.
If you’ve tried all the other options outlined above and still can’t seem to get any electricity out of the plug, then it may be time to have an electrician replace your outlet.
If your electrical outlet isn’t working, call Ontime Electric to fix all of your electrical outlet problems and any other electrician services you may require. Our team of fully licensed and insured technicians is standing by to help you with all your electrical repair and installation needs. Call us today for your free consultation.