Do You Have Multiple Outlets That Don’t Work?
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Outlets are very convenient until they are no longer working. These outlets supply power to the devices that we use everyday, and it can be very frustrating when they don’t work. There are a number of reasons why your outlets don’t work, and we advise you to call a licensed professionals like us to come out and fix the problem for you instead of risking your safety. Appointments are scheduled the same day or next day depending on availability.
Doing electrical work can cause you bodily harm, and should be done at your own risk. We cannot and will not take any responsibility for anything that happens while attempting an electrical repair. It’s just not worth the risk of being shocked or badly injured to save a buck or two.
If you are comfortable doing electrical work we will go over a few possible reasons why your outlets are not working.
Let’s go over a few things that can cause your electrical outlets to stop working.
You Could Have a Bad Outlet
Here are some warning signs that you may have a bad outlet that could cause an electrical fire.
- 1. The electrical outlet is warm to the touch.
- 2. You see a spark coming from the electrical outlet.
- 3. The electrical outlet has black burn marks on the front of the outlet.
- 4. It may smell like something is burning.
If you have a bad outlet you just need to replace it if that’s the issue. There are different types of outlets with different amperages that you can buy and you need to be sure to buy the right one. You should consider calling an electrician to diagnose the problem and replace the outlet. We’re licensed electricians and we’re here to help you fix your electrical outlet. Just click the link to schedule an appointment and get an electrician to come to your residence to troubleshoot and diagnose the issue, and repair the problem.
Your Circuit Breaker May Have Tripped
If your circuit breaker tripped you need to unplug the item that is in the outlet. It could be overloading the circuit. Then simply go to the service panel and find the circuit breaker that tripped. You can distinguish a tripped breaker from the rest of the circuit breakers by looking for the circuit breaker that has the switch positioned in the center and not positioned to the right or left side like all of the other circuit breakers that are in the on position. Just flip the switch off and then flip it on and check to see if you have power again at the outlet. You can do this by plugging up a lamp into the outlet and turn it on.
If the lamp turns on then you have power back to the outlet. Also, be careful about plugging in the original item that caused the circuit breaker to trip in the first place, because that item could be overloading the electrical circuit. If your circuit breaker continues to trip after you reset it do not keep resetting the circuit breaker. This is telling you that there is a problem on the electrical circuit and the circuit breaker is opening the electrical circuit to prevent an electrical fire. Overloading an electrical circuit is dangerous and can cause a fire. If you’re not comfortable with attempting to troubleshoot your electrical problem we can come out and diagnose the issue and fix the problem for you. Just click the link above to schedule an appointment, and we’ll be happy to help you.
Your GFCI Outlet May Have Tripped
Your GFCI outlets are usually located in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. Locate your GFCI outlet and reset it, but remove the devices in the outlets first. You can reset the GFCI by pushing the red button in which will restore the power (some reset buttons are white). After you have reset the GFCI outlet check and see if the power is back on at the outlet that wasn’t working. If not, you could have a bad GFCI. If you’d like professional help you can contact us by clicking the link above to schedule an appointment and we’ll be glad to come out and assist with your electrical issue.
You Could Have a Loose Connection
You could have a loose connection in a number of different places, but you should check the wires at the place where you’re having the problem first. To find out if you have a loose connection turn off the circuit breaker that supplies the power to the outlet. Find a screw driver and take off the cover plate to the outlet. Then, unscrew the outlet from the electrical box and pull the outlet from the wall. Inspect the connections and make sure they’re all tight. Put everything back together and restore the power by turning the circuit breaker back on. Plug in a device that will not overload the circuit and turn it on to see if the power is on. If you’re not comfortable with attempting to troubleshoot your electrical problem we can come out and diagnose the issue and fix the problem for you. Just click the link above to schedule an appointment, and we’ll be happy to help you.