Whether you’re trying to plug in your computer or a leaf blower, it’s always surprising to find that one of your outlets isn’t working. Don’t start stressing just yet, however. While you should always leave complicated electrical issues to the professionals, there are several simple outlet solutions you can try. Here are three things you can investigate before calling an electric service company.
1. Check for Other Dead Outlets
If one of your outlets isn’t working, the first step is assessing how far the issue has spread. Is only the one outlet malfunctioning, or is an entire portion of your home experiencing problems? Knowing this will help determine your next step. If multiple outlets are failing, it may be best to call an electrical contractor.
2. See if You Tripped Your Circuit Breaker
One potential problem is a tripped circuit breaker. You can check this yourself or call a professional for help with electrical repairs. Most breakers will have areas of your home well-marked. If the faulty outlet is in a location where the switch is off, you can try turning it back on.
3. Look for Tripped Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Another possible issue is a tripped Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI. GFCI can be found on individual outlets which trip if overexerted. Unplugging the dangerous item and resetting the GFCI may be a solution. Your electrician should be able to locate and test these for you as needed.
Is Your Outlet Still Not Working? Get Help from a Professional!
If your outlet still isn’t working after checking your circuit breaker and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, then you should call a professional electrician right away. Neighborhood Electric Services of Snohomish and King Counties can help. Contact us today with question about your electrical outlets. Our helpful electricians will be happy to discuss other possible solutions. Visit our website for more information about our company and the many services we offer, from electrical repairs to lighting upgrades. Call (425) 689-7770 to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our electricians. Don’t forget to inquire about how to receive a free electrical panel current heat inspection!
Edited by Justin Vorhees