Steps to Take When You Suspect a Broken Electrical Outlet

broken electrical outletAre you having trouble with an electrical outlet in your home? Don’t panic! It may not be time to call an electrician just yet. While the issue may ultimately require electrical repairs, there’s no need to jump to conclusions. There are actually a number of items you should check before scheduling an appointment with a residential electrician. Here are several steps to take when you think you might have a broken electrical outlet.

1. Locate Other Broken Electrical Outlets

The first thing you should check when you notice a problem with an electrical outlet in your home is whether there are more. Determining whether there are multiple malfunctioning outlets will help dictate your next steps. If there are several non-functioning outlets, it’s probably best to call a professional.

2. Check Your Circuit Breaker

A tripped circuit is a common issue and can be the cause of a malfunctioning electrical outlet. Your breaker box should have areas of your home marked. Find the affected area and try turning the switch off and back on.

3. Find Any Tripped Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

A tripped ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, could be another reason your electrical outlet isn’t working properly. This happens to protect your home, but if you can find the problem item, unplug it, and then reset the circuit, your outlet may work again.

Need Assistance with an Electrical Outlet in Your Home?

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