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Addressing a Non-Functional Electrical Outlet

If your electrical outlet isn’t working, then nothing you plug into in that particular outlet will receive power. The cause of a non-functioning outlet could be the result of a tripped circuit breaker, a tripped GFCI outlet, faulty outlets, or burned out outlets. So, how can you fix it?

How Can You Fix a Non-Working Outlet?

When you start to investigate what went wrong with your electrical outlet, check to see if surrounding outlets work. If they do, the fix could be simple. Troubleshooting a single outlet is not as difficult as it sounds. In most situations, you can reset the outlet by removing all plugged-in devices from the outlet and pressing the “reset” button.

If the reset button is of no help, then it’s time to check the circuit breakers. Unplug all devices from the outlet or outlets that don’t work and check the panel for a fuse that has blown, or a tripped breaker. Find the tripped circuit breaker and reset it by setting it in the off position, then switching it back to its on position. A tripped breaker will be stuck in the position between its on and off power settings.

If a fuse has blown, you will notice charred glass or a cracked or broken filament. Carefully unscrew the fuse and replace it with a fuse of the same amperage and type.

Using an Electrical Outlet Tester

An electrical outlet tester is a hand-held device that tests the voltage of outlets. These devices help prevent injuries and death that occur due to accidental shock. Electrical outlet testers allow you to test electrical current without coming into contact with exposed wires.

If you need residential electrician in Montgomery County, we’re glad you found us. At Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, we specialize in electric solutions for residential and commercial purposes. We offer 24/7 emergency service and electrical services, which includes, new installation and remodeling, repairs and rewiring, new construction, renovations, and a variety of other electric services. Contact us today if you’re experiencing trouble with the outlets in your home.

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