<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>There are few things more frustrating than an electrical outlet not working. This is especially true for outdoor outlets. While most homes have plenty of indoor outlets where one or two not working won’t be detrimental to the home’s functionality (though you should still get those fixed), outdoor outlets can be a much larger inconvenience. Consider an outlet in your garage. If it’s not working properly, it can make it difficult for you to use power tools or car vacuum cleaners. In short, it can totally prevent you from getting some chores or work done.
Because most homes don’t have a ton of outdoor outlets—and if they aren’t working, there isn’t a second nearby outlet you can use—here are some tips to help you fix the problem fast. If none of these solutions work—or if you’re not comfortable doing some light electrical work on your own—then reach out to a professional electrician to diagnose and remedy the problem.
For homeowners in the Twin Cities Metro Area and surrounding suburbs, reach out to Electric City. We’re the premier electrical service provider in the Metro Area and provide an extensive list of electrical services to help you restore your home’s functionality. Our dedicated, experienced team are not only some of the best electricians around, but they know how to treat our clients with respect.
If you’d like to try and remedy your exterior outlet issues on your own, here are 3 things to try.
3 Ways to Remedy and Outdoor Outlet Issue
See if You Have a Tripped Circuit Breaker
One of the first things you should do when you notice an outlet isn’t working is check out the circuit breaker to see if it has tripped or has blown a fuse. To find out if either of those things are the issue, go to your electrical panel, which is often found in basements, laundry rooms, or garages. If you notice that any breaker switches are in the “off” position, the breaker has been tripped.
Tripped circuit breakers are most often caused by a circuit overload or a short circuit from a device that is plugged into a circuit. If you notice that this is the issue, the best option is to call a professional electrician to remedy the issue. This is especially important because sometimes the problem can be a loose wire in the electrical box. Only experienced electricians should work with loose wires.
See if You Have Loose Connections
Another possible issue you might have with the outdoor outlet is loose connections. To check for this, you’ll need to remove the outlet from the box and look for loose connections that may be inhibiting the flow of electricity. A loose connection can even cause electrical fires, as it will overheat the outlet and burn the wiring. For this reason, if you suspect you have a loose connection with your outlet, reach out to a professional electrician immediately.
Check Your Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and See if It’s Been Tripped
Unless you’re familiar with GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), this is a task that should be left to the pros. GCFIs protect homes against electrical shocks by tripping and shutting down when they sense an energy leak. GCFIs are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and on the exterior of homes. If you notice your GFCI has been tripped, contact a professional electrician.
As you can see, there are many reasons for a faulty outdoor outlet not working. To get your home’s functionality back to full capacity, it’s best to work with a pro. That way, you can ensure that the job is being done right and that you’re not putting your home and your family at further risk.
For homeowners in the Twin Cities area, contact Electric City for all your home electrical needs, as well as a free consultation!