How to Troubleshoot and Repair Wall Outlet Problems

How do you diagnose and repair a bad wall outlet? Standard 120V grounded duplex outlets Swtch-controlled 120V duplex outlets (switch controlls both receptacles) Switch-controlled 120V duplex outlets (switch controls one receptacle) Split-circuit duplex outlets Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) The common wall outlet is essentially inert. Current arrives at its hot side and is kept on … Read more

Electrical Outlets Not Working

Common Wall Outlet Problems Appliance in outlet does not work Fuse blows or breaker trips when plugging in or turning on appliance Appliance plug falls out easily Appliance runs intermittently or lamp flickers Sparks or mild shock when plugging in appliance Outlet does not deliver power (switch-controlled outlet) Only one receptacle in duplex works (split-circuit … Read more