A faulty electrical outlet is more than an inconvenience. It’s a potential fire hazard. A repair or full replacement of your outlet ensures your appliances, lights and other equipment are powered safely and correctly.
Most outlet repair projects are straightforward and can be completed quickly and economically by a licensed electrician. A qualified electrician can test the problem outlet and related wiring to determine the source and extent of the issue and recommend the most effective repair. A fix could be as simple as tightening wire connections or might involve replacing or upgrading the outlet to one better suited for the application, such as a GFCI or tamper-resistant receptacle. If the underlying issue is more substantial, a licensed pro can advise you on the safest and most effective way to update your home’s wiring or electrical supply.
Planning an electrical outlet repair is a great time to consider upgrading to an outlet with added safety or convenience features, such as GFCI protection, rotating outlets, or USB charging capabilities. Discuss repair and replacement options with your electrician to get the most out of your repair project.
PLAN AND DETAILS
Outlet repair costs vary depending on the type of outlet and its location. Most homeowners can expect to pay between $65 and $200 for the project.
It usually takes about an hour to test a receptacle, fix loose connections or install a new outlet. Depending on their location, accessibility or condition, repairs or improvements to wiring or your electrical panel may take several hours.
If your outlet is damaged or discolored, doesn’t work correctly, delivers a shock, or won’t hold the prongs of a plug, it should probably be replaced as soon as possible. If you have a two-pronged outlet, it may not be grounded properly and should also be replaced. Contact a licensed electrician if you have any concerns about the safety of your electrical outlets or receptacles.
Electrical outlets can go out for a variety of reasons. An outlet may shut itself down when it detects a short or overheats. Or you may see a brief flare or sparks before an outlet burns out. Troubleshoot the dead outlet by seeing if nearby outlets are working or by resetting its GFCI or circuit breaker. If your outlet still isn’t working, contact an electrician to resolve the issue.
Unless you have previous electrical experience, you should always hire a licensed electrician to complete any electrical work, including repairing an outlet. An electrician will be able to troubleshoot your issue quickly and fix your outlet safely, regardless of whether you have an outlet that is not working, your GFCI won’t reset or the receptacle shows signs of being unsafe or defective.
Common outlet repairs include adjusting connections and installing new receptacles. If the wiring that connects an outlet to a switch or breaker is faulty, extensive wiring repairs may be needed to fix the problem. Your electrician will be able to assess the condition of your wiring and outlets to determine the complexity of repairs. Depending on the location and application of your outlet, they may recommend upgrading to a GFCI outlet to prevent shocks in damp areas or making adjustments to your electrical panel to support the demands of your household.