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How to Repair a Wall Outlet that Quit Working


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

What Caused my Wall Outlets to Quit Working and How Can I Fix Them? The Most Common Problems with Wall Outlets and How to Them.

Room Outlets Not Working

Electrical Question: What caused my wall outlets to quit working and how can I fix them?

Please help. I do not know what else it could be.
Thanks.

This electrical wiring question came from: Chris, a Handyman from Clare, MI.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chris.

How to Fix a Wall Outlet Problem

Application: Troubleshooting and Repairing Outlet Problems.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter or plug-in circuit analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on the age of the home and the condition of the electrical wiring and access to the circuit wiring to be inspected, evaluated and repaired.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit at the electric panel, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring inspections or electrical repairs. If an outlet or the electrical wiring is found to be damaged then repairs and replacement parts should be obtained with the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Burnt or damaged electrical wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.

The Most Common Problems with Wall Outlets and How to Them

EXAMPLE: The following is an example of what may cause one or more wall outlets to quit working:

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