4 Common Electrical Outlet Problems

Posted October 29, 2015

1. The Outlet Isn't Supplying Power

If every light or electrical device plugged into the outlet has stopped working, then it is likely a tripped circuit breaker. If the problem is isolated to one appliance, it probably the result of loose wires, or a poor connection.

2. Hot Outlet Covers

Hot outlets are often caused by loose wiring or a worn receptacle. Have the outlet inspected by an electrician and replace it if necessary. It's important to stop using the outlet if it has a burning smell, emits sparks, or feels hot to the touch.

3. The Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

This is a sign that there are either too many appliances plugged into the outlet, or an appliance is drawing more electricity than the outlet can handle and is overloading the circuit.

4. The Plug Falls Out of Outlet

If plugs are not fitting the outlet, slightly bend the prongs inward to provide a more snug fit. Have questions about electrical outlets? Give ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling and Electric a call, we're here to help.

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