There numerous possible reasons for dead outlets. And when these things go dead, most homeowners simply assume the worst has happened. Although it’s a very good idea to call in an electrician, it’s also worth a shot at resolving the issue yourself. Of course, there are risks when working with electrical components. However, if you know what you’re doing, the risks are significantly lowered. On the other hand, if you have no clue as to how electrical outlets and circuit breakers work, just call Wilmington Electrician Pros and get it over with the professional way.
Troubleshooting dead electrical outlets
Most of the time, dead electrical outlets are easy to fix. These electrical components follow a simple principle. Electricity from the mains panel is fed through wiring that connects to several electrical outlets within the house. Each outlet is connected to a certain circuit breaker. As you may have already guessed, the problem would normally be anywhere from the circuit breaker down to the outlet itself. With that said, you’ve already narrowed down the cause of the problem.
Check other outlets for the same issue
Before you go tinkering around, check the other outlets if they have the same issue. To check, bring any kind of electrical appliance and plug it into other outlets. If the appliance works on other outlets, you’ve got yourself an isolated case. If the appliance still doesn’t work, it may be the appliance that has a problem or multiple outlets have an issue. If it’s an isolated case, you can easily move forward to the next step which is resetting the circuit breaker.
Checking the circuit breaker box
You don’t really need to be an electrician to know if there’s something wrong with the circuit breakers. In general, circuit breakers operate under a simple principle. When an electrical overload is detected in a particular outlet, the circuit breaker attached to that outlet will trip. This tripping action opens the circuit which interrupts the supply of electricity. Hence, the reason for the dead outlet. All you need to do is figure out which circuit breakers connect to the dead outlet. If you’re electrical panel is properly laid out, you can easily figure this out. If you do manage to check the entire array of circuit breakers and find no issue, the cause of the dead outlet might be something else. If you are not comfortable moving forward, call a residential electrician.
Reset the GFCI outlet
GFCI outlets are different from your normal outlets. In general, GFCI outlets provide better safety as it prevents severe electrocution. If a GFCI outlet goes dead, there is often a reset button on the outlet itself. All you need to do is push the reset button and test to see if it works again. If the issue persists, you should contact your local electrician to have it checked out. Normally, GFCI outlets are a little bit more complicated to take apart and troubleshoot compared to normal non-GFCI outlets. To err on the side of caution, have an electrician repair the problem instead.
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