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Why are My Electrical Outlets Not Working?

Why are My Electrical Outlets Not Working?

We’ve all been there. It’s early in the morning and you are getting ready for work. You go to plug in your hairdryer or electric shaver and the outlet doesn’t work. You even try pushing the reset button a few times on your outlet, but nothing happens. This kind of inconvenience is not only frustrating but can indicate a more serious problem.

If you have an electrical outlet that is not working, one of these common culprits might be the cause of the issue.

Burned out Outlet

Sometimes electrical outlets literally burn out. A brief flare or jolt can cause the outlet to stop working. One thing you want to be aware of is any blackening around the outlet plugs. If the outlet shows signs of blackening it should not be used. Even if one plug is working the entire outlet needs to be replaced immediately by a professional. Replacing the outlet can prevent a fire from possibly starting in your home.

Faulty Outlet

It may be that you have a faulty outlet and it suddenly stopped working. This can be due to manufacturing and it was only a matter of time before the socket went out. Electrical outlets can go bad for no apparent reason. If this is the case, then the entire unit needs replacing. Because electrical work can be dangerous, we recommend that you leave the repairs to a professional electrician.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

It is common to have a single circuit breaker to trip, causing the outlet you want to use to stop working. Make sure to check thepanel and reset any breakers that may have shut off. If the circuit continues to shut down, you likely have a problem with overloading it. If the problem persists, have one of our electrical professionals at AES come to your home to make any necessary changes.

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