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Repairing an Electric Outlet

December 5, 2016

We have just recently bought a repossessed house, all the plumbing and lights work fine. Everything in the kitchen works, but none of the plugs around the house do?

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Everything has been switched off for over twelve months and it is an old electric box so we are not sure where the fuse is to see if that needs changing?

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December 8, 20160 found this helpful
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You really need a modern box with safety cut-out switches. Don't try to do anything yourselves with this problem. Deterioration of old wiring after a year's non-use is very likely, and re-wiring is your only answer. You don't know how long this has been a problem - maybe more than a year - and I'd prefer to be on the safe side.

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December 22, 2017

The electric outlets in the living room stopped working. We flipped the breakers and now when you plug something in it goes on and off. I think one of the outlets is blown what can I do?


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December 22, 20170 found this helpful
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If you have a short in one of the outlets this needs to be replaced. Normally this is simple and not so hard to do.

You'll need to purchase some new outlet at your local hardware store. Afterwards, turn off the circuit breakers in your home. Undo the screws and remove the faceplate and then the outlet. They are held in by 2 screws.

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You will need to unscrew the wires at the back of the outlet and attach them to the new one. Put this back together and turn on the electricity. Now you can test the outlets and make sure they re working correctly.

If this doesn't help, you'll need to replace the fuse in your breaker box.

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February 16, 2015

Why won't the breaker trip, but if you play with the plug it starts working again?

By Nick

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February 18, 20150 found this helpful
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The breaker would only trip if too much current is being pulled (demand exceeds supply). If you have a loose outlet, where the plug falls out or you have to wiggle the plug to get it to work, it wouldn't necessarily trip the breaker, because it's not connecting/pulling electricity at all.

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The solution is to replace the old outlet. If the issue is a particular appliances plug and wiggling the cord fixes the problem, than the cord is probably going. If the problem is a particular plug and not the cord, sometimes you can widen the prongs so it's a better fit in the outlet.

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January 25, 2015

My phone charger was plugged into the wall outlet. It stopped charging and made a popping sound. I moved the cord a little and there was a spark. I was scared to unplug it, but I did eventually. My cord is now plugged into my laptop and is working. What is the problem?

By cara

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January 26, 20150 found this helpful
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You have a hot to ground short. From what you described it may be in your phone charger transformer. This could easily cause a fire and should be corrected by a professional.

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If you are certain that the sparks came from the phone adapter, get rid of that phone adapter. If the sparks may have originated in the receptacle, get an electrician to service and replace the receptacle.

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October 8, 2013

I have no power to one kitchen power outlet and one living room outlet. The circuit breaker appears good.

By Peter

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October 10, 20130 found this helpful

The person to call is called an Electrician.

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October 10, 20130 found this helpful

Call an electrician. They go to school and train to be able to solve problems like this.

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March 16, 2014

The outlets in the two main bathrooms seem to work for a while and then they seem not to work. No breakers are blown, I have made sure I reset all the breakers in the box. The lights work right next to these lights so there is power going to those rooms just not the outlets. They are none GFI plugs so I cannot reset at the plug. I have tested the powder room plug. I had a tester and accidentally hit the button on the tester and now cannot get that plug to work either. Please help.

By Chris

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December 8, 20170 found this helpful
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Are you sure the lights are on the same circuit?

Checking your wiring map (hopefully when you home was wired, they mapped it out in the breaker box). There could be a gfi in a different room that is tripping. For some reason, we have 2 outlets in the garage that are on the same circuit as one wall of the kitchen. I have to go out the garage to reset it if it trips.

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You may also have a faulty breaker. Once you determine for sure which breaker goes to that outlets, replace the breaker.

Otherwise, you have a common junction between those two bathrooms that is shorting out. Ideally, the two bathrooms should not be on the same circuit.

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January 20, 2019

I have power to my black wire at the outlet, but if I touch the coating the power goes away. Or if I hook it up to the outlet I lose power.


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March 14, 2014

I changed two wall outlets, just replacing dirty ones. I did them exactly as they were taken off, but both won't work? Not sure what it could be. It has a red, white, and black wire.

By Tracy

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March 16, 20140 found this helpful

Call Home Depot and ask to talk to someone in the electrical dept. Those people at Home Depot have helped me out many times.

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October 14, 2011

I have 2 outlets that are in separate bathrooms. Both have power, but neither one will run a hair dryer or hot iron. They will power a radio. Has anybody seen this before or have any suggestions?

By David

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

I'll venture to bet that you need larger amp circuit breaker(s). You're simply running too many watts for the size the breaker(s) can handle and especially if more than one room are on the same circuit.

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Every light fixture, fan, radio, clock, etc. add wattage and heat type appliances pull a lot of watts. They all add up.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

What I know about this is next to nothing, however, I have heard that sometimes outlets in bathrooms were installed to only power appliances with a small draw, such as a electric razor or a radio. I suspect that that is the type of outlet you have since you have two of them, and they are both in bathrooms. I have seen such outlets labeled "for razor only". This is a safety feature. I do not know if it is the breaker or the kind of outlet. I think you need to consult an electrician.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

Have you considered talking to an Electrician?

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Older places with old wiring is very dangerous. Sounds like old set up. You didn't say how old the place was you lived but a lot of even l950's houses now have bad wiring. An electrician or a friend who knows about wiring is a good thing here because the advice we can give without seeing is worth absolutely nothing. But you just might want to think on this; don't wait and burn the house down.

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November 8, 2018

I have electricity coming into a switch and going out from the switch to a fan, but the fan does not turn on. I checked to see if the fan is broken, but it actually works.

So I tried another switch and get the same results. Anyone know what is wrong?

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October 27, 2018

I have got power to the sockets, but when I plug in anything it does not work.
I know the power is on, as I tried an extension lead which lit up, but as soon as I plugged anything in, nothing.


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March 24, 2015

I blew out an electrical outlet. I pulled on it and it blew taking out 4 other outlets. I replaced the blown outlet, but still all 5 outlets are out even after I reset the switch on the main box.

By Milton

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September 23, 2008

I need to know how to fix hot/ground reverse on electrical wiring for home.

jenniferl from Silversprings, FL

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

We need more info to possibly answer your question. Is it just an outlet that is wired wrong? You could fix that yourself.

Or,if it is at your fuse box/electrical panel, that would require a licensed electrician. The answer will be according to what the actual problem is. ~Richard

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By BeanTownSteve (Guest Post)
September 27, 20080 found this helpful

If you gotta ask, then it's best and safest if you get an electrician to correct the problem.

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June 9, 20090 found this helpful

I just need the diagram so my husband can fix anything on it because we can't afford a mechanic. Thank, Angelheart

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March 18, 2017

I replaced the outlet above OTR microwave and now the microwave does not turn on. My microwave does work when plugged into another outlet nearby so probably not the fuse. I did double check the connections to ensure hot and white are connected to the correct side along with the ground. All are secured tightly to eliminate the possibility of a loose connection. It is a brand new outlet and I checked for flipped circuit at control panel and nothing there. I did replace all outlets and light switches in my kitchen and all work except the one above microwave? Please help.


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September 19, 2016

I am trying to cut the power to an outlet and tried turning off by elimination each 15/20 amp circuit and the power remains on. Any ideas?


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