In this article, we’ll discuss why sometimes we have no power in the outlet and the breaker is not tripped. Even, the rest of the sockets and outlets are running perfectly.
Suppose you are in a mode to watch a TV program and upon connecting the plug of TV in a socket of room, it stays black. Now, what is the first step that you’ll take?
Well, you’ll check the socket with a tester; and then you came to know that there is no power in the socket. After making sure that there is no issue with the TV itself, you should check the rest of the sockets in your room.
If there is no power anywhere in the room or full house, then immediately check the circuit breaker. If it’s tripped, turn it on and you are good to go!
But, what if the breaker is not tripped and there is no power in the outlet breaker?
If breaker is not tripped and you aren’t getting power in all outlets then check the breaker of that particular room is correctly installed in the panel or not?
If it’s installed properly then there could any one of the following problems which are stopping the power to reach that outlet.
- Check the fuse connection of that particular room. If it’s blown off due to high current then immediately replace it with a new one and the power will get normal!
- Another possible cause of having no power in the outlet is the internal switch of GFCI. What GFCI does is control the flow of current in the wiring of your room.
- If it’s GFCI that has cut off the current flow by saving your circuit breaker and the rest of the home wiring then look for any ground faults inside that particular room or socket. Never, reset the GFCI outlet without troubleshooting the ground faults as it may not lead you to further trouble.
- Let’s say your circuit breaker isn’t tripped, the fuse hasn’t blown and the GFCI outlet is also working normally. Still, and you are facing a power outage only in that outlet then there is a fault in the outlet itself. It means you’ll have to take a screwdriver and open up the wall outlet to check for wires. If they are properly connected then make the connection right.
If there is a need to replace the outlet then do take necessary precautions while connecting the wires with the socket. With one wrong connection, you may end up blowing the whole wiring inside your house. So, be cautious!
If you don’t have enough experience, hire a professional to do the job for you!
Electrical outlets not working on one wall
Sometimes we have to face the issue that sockets and outlets of only one wall don’t work. First of all, make sure that if any of these sockets have a GFI then immediately reset it by pressing the reset button on it. But, before doing that, look out for ground faults nearby or get them check by an electrician.
If the GFI is working fine then make sure that all the outlets on the other walls are working fine. There shouldn’t be any fault in GFI that is stopping the current to flow further. Also, carefully inspect that no outlets have no loose connection or loose wire.
Now, you are sure that its problems with the sockets on one wall only then check all the outlets on that particular wall individually.
If one of the outlets of the wall is damaged or has loosened its connection, then you’ve found the culprit. It could be blocking the current flowing to the rest of the outlets. It might be short-circuited and now drawing more current than required and this unbalance is resulting in a power outage on the rest of the walls.
You should identify that particular faulty outlet which can be first in a row of walls most probably. Fix the connections of the faulty outlet with the help of a screwdriver.
There might be a case that the whole outlet itself burns out due to a short circuit or overloading. In that case, simply remove it and install a new one. That will restore the supply of electricity in all the sockets of the wall.
Yes, electrical outlets can go bad. With the passage of time, nearly all electrical outlets loses their efficiency and at some point stop working. Moreover, short-circuit; overload or any other serious issue can lead to their direct failure.
Yes, you can paint the electrical outlets. But, first try to pull them off of the wall by removing the electricity wires powering the outlet. Now, you can paint the outlets and place them to dry in open air or sunlight. After you feel the paint has dried up, connect them again on the wall. Never, paint a outlet with power flowing through it.
Here, in this article, I have discussed the basic issues that can stop the power in an outlet even when the breaker is properly working. Also, I’ve listed how you should proceed step-by-step to find the actual cause. Later, I’ve listed a few solutions to overcome this issue of having no power to an outlet with a breaker not tripped
Lastly, I would like to say that always consider your safety first. If you are inexperienced related to electrical appliances then don’t ever try to fix the issue yourself. In the absence of any expert guidance, you may end up making the matter worse.
Always try to figure out the possible issue with a calm mind by taking the help of a professional electrician. Also, continuously check the status of the wiring of your home with the passage of years and replace them when you realize they are close to their expiry period now.