Home Electrical 101: The Little-Known Trick to Instantly Fix Any Outlet in Your House


As a homeowner, I know how frustrating it can be when an outlet stops working. A dead outlet kills power to lamps, phone chargers and other essential devices. Instead of calling an electrician right away, there is a quick fix you can try yourself to get an outlet working again in seconds. Keep reading and I'll share with you the little-known trick that has saved me time and money over the years.

What Causes an Outlet to Stop Working?

There are a few common reasons an outlet can stop working:

The Simple Trick to Try First

Before pulling out your electrical tools, give this a try:

  1. Unplug everything from the outlet.
  2. Switch off the circuit breaker controlling the outlet.
  3. Remove the outlet cover plate and gently pull the outlet out from the electrical box.
  4. Look for any obviously loose wires and tighten the screw terminals if needed.
  5. Take a non-contact voltage tester and double check that power is off.
  6. Check for any scorch marks or burned spots on the outlet. This can indicate damaged components.
  7. Carefully replace any outlet with visible damage. Make sure hot and neutral wires go to the proper hot and neutral terminals.
  8. Check for loose wire connections in the electrical box itself. Tighten any loose screws.
  9. Carefully push the outlet back into the box, screw it in place, and replace the cover plate.
  10. Flip the breaker back on to restore power.

In many cases, this quick process will get a previously non-working outlet functioning again. The key steps are cutting power, checking connections, replacing any damaged components, and restoring power.

When to Call an Electrician

While this trick works for many minor outlet issues, there are times to call in a professional electrician:

Stay Safe with Electrical Repairs

Always exercise caution when working with electrical wiring yourself:

You Can Do This!

With a bit of electrical know-how, a little patience, and a focus on safety, you can absolutely troubleshoot and repair a dead outlet in your home. In most cases, the fix is as simple as replacing the outlet, reconnecting some loose wires, or resetting a breaker. Take your time, match colors carefully, and always cut power to the area first. With the right preparation, you can skip the electrician and become your own home electrical expert.