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Why Home Outlets May Stop Working

How to Repair Home Electrical Outlets – The Secrets of Successful Electrical Troubleshooting for Electrical Outlets

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: I have several outlets that have stopped working, since moving into my home 5 years ago.

Background: Susan, a Homeowner from Houston, Texas

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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Susan.

How to Repair Home Electrical Outlets

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections. Electrical troubleshooting is best performed by a qualified electrical contractor.

Troubleshooting Home Electrical Outlet Circuits that Have Stopped Working

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2 Responses to “Why Home Outlets May Stop Working”
  1. james brown says:

    I have an early 1950’s home and I have 6 outlets to go out at the same time in the kitchen and storage room. I noticed on some receptacles there is 2 wires and on some their is 4 wires and all plugs are 2 prong receptacles, not the three prong that have the ground so we use adapters on all other plugs. How much do you think it would cost to rewire the house up to specks. The house is 980 square feet. Thanks

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi James,
    Yes, it would be great to upgrade the electrical wiring for this home.
    The cost to upgrade will depend on a few things, including:
    Location – Where the home is located and the going rate for electricians.
    The size of the electrical panel, which will depend on how many circuits are needed and how many major electrical appliances, such as the range, water heater, dryer, air conditioner and furnace.
    Access – To install the new electrical wiring areas of access will need to be identified, such as attic, basement or crawl space or if interior walls will be opened. Access also refers to whether the home will be occupied or not while the work is being done.
    So James, it would be best to call a local licensed electrical contractor who can come out to the home and identify the above mentioned items and make specific recommendations which apply to codes that have been adopted in your area as well.