One of the most frustrating bugs you could encounter in your home is an electrical outlet not working that is an electrical outlet that suddenly stops working. This could be because of some fault or certain things not functioning properly. However, reasoning the exact cause is going to be the key to getting the outlet fixed and minimizing frustration. We will go over common causes of outlet failure in the home and the best way to tackle the problems.
- What Causes an Electrical Outlet to Stop?
- How to Fix Electrical Issues
Some Of The Causes Of Electrical Outlet Not Working again?
We have all had it happen to us at some point. You’re using an appliance and suddenly it goes dead, the lights in your bathroom leaves without warning. It can be sudden and lasting and could be a source of irritation for you and your family. There are several possible causes.
- Tripped circuit breaker:
This is likely the most common cause of an outlet going dark. If a circuit breaker trips and gets stuck in the middle without flipping back, it could cause a power outage to the area of your home for that the breaker is responsible.
- Tripped GFCI outlet:
A ground fault circuit interrupter is generally needed by building code for outlets near sinks. You’ve probably seen them before, they are outlets with two center buttons and are designed to shut themselves off if they detect an overheat.
- Burned out outlet
It could be scary, but outlets have been known to throw sparks or even exhibit blackened burn marks from burnouts. This is the most dangerous reason for an outage as an outlet allow to suffer through a burn out will become a fire hazard.
- Faulty outlet:
This is a common flaw in older homes that the outlets are past their best-by date. It could mean loose parts, damage from dust or particles in the air, or any other decay that comes with age.
How to Fix Electrical Outlet Issues
After you’ve identified the problem, how do you go about fixing an electrical outlet that’s not working? It’s important to keep in mind that you’re dealing with electricity so there’s going to be a safety hazard if you’re trying to DIY. Although, there are some methods you can try implementing to fix minor problems.
1. Have you tried the electrical outlet reset button?
If your GFCI outlet goes out, the first step to be taken is to attempt a reset on it, as the most common reason for an outage with these types of outlets is an intentional shutdown. To reset the GFCI outlet, this is a fairly simple process.
How to reset a GFCI electrical outlet
First, ensure all appliances are unplugged from the outlet. As soon as this is done, press the reset button in the center. Still, outlets differ; generally, the reset button will be red and/or the top button of the two. You will feel the button click and then the outlet should start functioning fine. Try plugging them in and seeing which one trips the GFCI to test which appliance caused the outage. Once you isolate it, do not use the appliance again until you have an electrician rewire the outlet.
2. Are the electrical outlets not working on one wall?
It is common to discover that one wall in the home has seemingly lost power to all its outlets. To tackle this, starts with unplugging everything not currently working in these outlets. Then observe or watch your breakers. It may or may not be obvious that the kitchen breaker is tripped, so flip it or switch it off and back on. Check to see if it fixed your problem.
If this didn’t work, take a closer look at the outlets. If one has gone out, it’s possible it’s knocked out power to the other outlets as well, not unlike a string of Christmas lights. If one of the outlets is a GFCI, try resetting it to see if it revives power to the rest. Otherwise, your outlets may need to be examined and rewired by a professional electrician.
3. Are the electrical outlets not working in one room?
If the outage has gone farther than a single wall and into an entire room, again you still need to take a look first at your breaker box and see if the room in question has been tripped. If a reset there does not work, look next for a GFCI outlet and press the reset button. Most times a power outage in a room is an expansion of the same issues that can take out a single wall. It’s time to call an electrician to get the outlets looked at and rewired, if this reset does not work either.
4. Is it a blown electrical outlet?
As mentioned, occasionally these things can get dangerous. A blown electrical outlet is usually diagnosable with sparks or any sort of scorch marks around the outlet and immediate remedy is required. Without delay, unplug anything with a connection to the outlet and turn off the breaker associated with the outlet. You can replace the outlet yourself, if you have had the experience (the process isn’t too complicated for someone with experience and has done their research), but the safest way to handle the issue is to have a professional electrician examine the outlet and determine the best course of action.
Electrical outlets are tricky, a single issue can turn into a much larger one. But there are a few common factors that play a role in most outage problems with outlets. Diagnosing the problem properly, assessing your own abilities, as well as knowing when it’s time to call a pro will be the difference between frustration and a solution. try to always contact a professional on time.
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