Repairing a Kitchen Outlet
October 10, 2017 by: Dave Rongey
How can I fix a kitchen outlet that quit working? How To Identify and Repair a Kitchen Outlet Circuit, Troubleshooting Guide for Repairing a Kitchen Outlet Circuit Problem.
Guide for Repairing a Kitchen Outlet Problem
Electrical Question: How can I fix a kitchen outlet that quit working?
I have one outlet in my kitchen that quit working.
- I have replaced the outlet twice and each time I would test the circuit and the tester indicated everything was fine.
- When I plugged in an appliance it would quit working and the tester would indicate no power coming into the outlet.
This electrical wiring question came from: Omar, a Handyman from Franklin, Kentucky.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Omar.
How To Identify and Repair a Kitchen Outlet Circuit
Application: Repair a Kitchen Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools a Voltage Tester or Plug-In Circuit Analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the extent of the electrical repairs the number of outlets that are affected.
Precaution: Identify the kitchen outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Troubleshooting a Kitchen Outlet Problem
- Replacing the Outlet
It has been noted that the kitchen outlet has been changed so we can rule out a bad outlet.
- Rarely does an outlet stop working, so the symptoms point to the possibility of a connection that may be failing.
- Voltage Test
If it is possible, a voltage test could be made to see if the hot side is working, this would be a voltage test from the hot side (the smaller straight blade on the right side of the outlet) to the ground prong.
- Problem with the Neutral
If there is normal voltage present but testing from to the neutral prong does not indicate a normal voltage reading then there is a problem with the neutral side of the circuit.
- Test the Circuit Outlets
Identify any other outlets that are affected as well. The circuit should be identified and turned OFF.
- Inspect the Outlet Wiring
Each other outlet or device of the circuit should be unmounted so that the wiring can be inspected where the connections are to the device and and splices within the device box.
- Making the Repairs
Once the problem has been identified then the necessary repairs should be made where a new device or outlet may be required and the removal of damaged portions of wiring.
- Repairing a Spliced Wire
Electrical repairs to a bad splice and installing a new wire connector may be be required as necessary.
- Bad GFCI Outlet
Other causes may be a bad GFCI outlet, or a loose or bad connection of the circuit wiring within the electrical panel.
More about Wiring Kitchen Outlets
Wiring Electrical Outlet for the Home
- Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home.
- See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.
Electric Circuit Listing
The size of the home electrical service panel is designed by calculating the square footage of the home and factoring in the code requirements for the electrical circuits that are required.
Kitchen Electrical Wiring
Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Kitchen Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.
Electrical Safety and Voltage Testers
- When working on home electrical wiring, quality voltage testers can play an important part in electrical safety.
- Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
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