A lot of homeowners have called their emergency electrician to come to their homes to check on a faulty electrical outlet. When an outlet stops functioning properly, it can be frustrating for many homeowners, especially if it was working fine a while ago or if the other outlets in the same area are functioning. What they do not know is that this may signify a bigger electrical problem. It’s actually a good thing that they called their electrician at once.
There are different causes of a faulty electrical outlet. According to a local emergency electrician, it could be any one of the following.
1. Tripped GFCI outlet
A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet is a special outlet that automatically shuts off the flow of electricity when it detects a sudden change in the flow of electricity in the circuit. These outlets are required to be placed in areas near sink or a water source such as bathrooms, kitchen and yard.
When a GFCI outlet pops or when it has detected a change in the flow of electricity, it will shut off the power off causing all the other outlets in the same circuit to stop working. This is a safety feature that prevents you from electric shock. When an outlet in your bathroom or kitchen stops working, try resetting your GFCI outlet.
2. Circuit breaker that tripped
When a single circuit breaker trips, it will cause the outlet that is connected to it to stop working. If an outlet stops working and it is not near any GFCI outlets, check your circuit breaker and look for any breakers that have shut off. This would be any breaker with the knob flipped to the other side or somewhere in the middle.
If unsure what to look for, it is best to call in your emergency electrician. Five Star Electric will help you determine the cause of and resolve your faulty electrical outlet.
3. Old outlets
Another common reason why electrical outlets will stop functioning is when the outlet is already several years old. Like all your other appliances, outlets that are more than 10 years old are more prone to malfunctioning, especially if they are being used several times in a day.
If this is the cause of your faulty outlet, all you have to do is replace the outlet with a new one. Although this can be done by any homeowner, it is still highly recommended for homeowners to hire professionals to replace their outlets. While you are at it, you might want to consider replacing your old outlets with GFCI ones as a safety precaution.
If your outlet is still not working after checking your GFCI outlets and circuit breaker and it is relatively new, you may be facing a larger electrical problem and might need professional assistance. Call Five Star Electric now and speak with their emergency electrician.
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