Reasons Why Your Electrical Outlet Isn't Working
May 29, 2021

Reasons Why Your Electrical Outlet Isn't Working

Electrical outlets are vital components in a home or business as they provide power connections to electrically operated equipment such as computers, phone chargers, appliances, and many more. Your electrical outlets may stop working due to a wide range of reasons. A malfunctioning outlet can cause you serious inconveniences when you want to accomplish tasks that require electricity. If your outlet is not working, it’s advisable to call an experienced electrician to troubleshoot the problem and fix it efficiently.
Here are the reasons why your outlet isn’t working:

Bad Wiring

Bad wiring is a major cause of a malfunctioning outlet. Incorrect wiring can lead to arcing (the jumping of electrical current from one connection to another), backstabbed wires, dead circuits, and many other issues that can cause your outlet to stop working.  It can be difficult to diagnose bad wiring without the help of an experienced electrician, not to mention the dangers that come with handling electricity without the right tools.  

Blown Fuse

If your outlet has a fuse box, you need to inspect the fuse when the outlet stops working. A fuse may blow due to a short circuit, an overloaded circuit, arc fault, wrong type of fuse, and bad wiring. A blown fuse means    

Burned Outlets 

A power outlet may spark and flare up due to an overloaded circuit, incorrect wiring, worn-out wires, or as a result of something not working right within the outlet. A burned outlet will have scorch marks around the plugs. Using a burned outlet could cause an electrical fire, so it’s advisable to call an electrician to have it replaced. 

Loose Connections 

Perhaps your outlet’s terminal screw isn’t tightened enough, or the connections were not installed correctly in the first place. Loose connections within your outlet can come into contact with other wires, causing circuit breakers to trip.  

Overloaded Outlet 

Plugging in too many electrical devices into an outlet can cause it to stop working. Circuit breakers trip when you place too much current demand on one circuit.  An overloaded circuit can be dangerous to your home as it can cause an electrical fire.  

Tripped Circuit Breaker

A circuit breaker is designed to cut off power when there’s an overcurrent to prevent damage to your electrical equipment. If your outlet is not working, be sure to check your circuit breaker panel and reset the circuit if it’s in the “off” position. 

A Faulty Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter 

If your outlet has a ground fault circuit interrupter, it may trip when there’s a short circuit in your outlet. Consider checking your ground fault circuit interrupter if your outlet is not working. 
Need Help With Fixing A Faulty Outlet? Call HomeOps Electric  
While some of these issues are easy to resolve by yourself, some of them require the intervention of a knowledgeable and experienced electrician. Fixing bad wiring, installing a blown fuse, and installing a new electrical outlet are some of the tasks you cannot do by yourself. If you need help with fixing a malfunctioning outlet, you can count on our electricians at HomeOps to provide you with efficient service.  

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