Why Isn’t My Outlet Working?
Posted on: September 30, 2015
When everything is plugged in but nothing is turning on, you know it’s time to call your local Tarpon Springs electrical repair company. There are many reasons why an outlet may not be working, so here are a few things to consider before you chuck your appliance out the window in frustration.
Check the Breaker
Oftentimes an electrical repair company will receive a call to a Tarpon Springs home for a problem, and a simple flip of the circuit breaker is enough to fix the problem. Many home’s circuit breaker panels are located in the basement, but here in Florida, many are often found in a utility room or even outdoors. Once you’ve located the panel, flip the breaker and then test the outlet. If that doesn’t work, it may be the GFCI receptacle (also known as the red and black buttons between plugs). Use the ‘test’ and ‘reset’ buttons to start the connection.
Flip a Switch
Many homes are equipped with a system that is hooked up to light switches, meaning they turn the charged connection on and off. An outlet can be turned on with the flip of a switch, and then off with that same switch. Check all of your switch panels to make sure they’re operating before you call an electrical repair company to your Tarpon Springs home.
Burned Out Outlets
Wallplugs and sockets sometimes burn out because of loose connections or frayed wires, leaving the outlet busted. Signs of a burned out plug may include:
- Flames (If a fire occurs, vacate the premises and call an emergency service right away.)
- Blackening around the plug
- Burnt odor
Never attempt to address these issues on your own; seek the assistance of a trained technician who knows how to safely handle faulty wiring and other hazardous issues.
Sometimes outlets just get old, especially in Tarpon Springs homes that are exhibiting other signs of age, and have to be rewired and replaced. If left for too long, faulty sockets can lead to fires. Professional electrical repair company services are your best option in this case, because attempting DIY rewiring is highly dangerous. Shocks, burns, and other hazards are common injuries DIY-ers face.
Midway Services Is Your Electrical Repair Company
At Midway Services, we are a full-service electrical repair company, and we offer a variety of services including:
- Circuit tracing
- Specialty lighting
- Security lighting
- Appliance hook ups
- Wiring and rewiring
- Panel/ breaker upgrades
- And much more!
We believe in going above and beyond to assist our customers in Tarpon Springs, and as a part of that we offer 24-hour emergency services. Call us today to come and troubleshoot your outlet problems, or help you with any AC, heating, plumbing, or remodeling services you need!