The most common cause that multiple electrical outlets or even just one electrical outlet begin to stop working is either a tripped AFCI / GFCI outlet or a faulty electrical circuit breaker. Most standard electrical circuit breakers will trip when the electrical circuit is overloaded. Other possible causes include bad receptacles or switch-operated outlets caused by bad electrical wiring. If none of the above is the cause of the problem, then you may need to contact a licensed electrical contractor to complete a thorough electrical repair job.
A qualified electrical panel repair specialist will use diagnostic equipment to find the problem. This equipment will include a variety of tools such as an electric field meter (EM). It is important to have your electrical panel and circuit breaker inspected on a regular basis for potential problems. If a problem does occur it can usually be repaired. If not, a new panel installation can often prevent future electrical problems.
Sometimes loose or worn electrical outlets can be traced to metal connections within the wires themselves. Many times this will simply be solved by re-installing the wires on the appropriate receptacle. Occasionally however the loose connection will be in a hard-to-reach or otherwise inaccessible location. In this case, it may be necessary to replace some of the connecting metal wires with wires of the same size and/or color. This may require a little skill and a bit of workmanship on your part but it should be relatively easy to accomplish. If the problem involves only one or two small metal wires then it may be possible to buy stripped portions of the metal to use.
Sometimes multiple electrical outlets or wiring within a house start to stop working because they have become disconnected. If this is the case in your home, the easiest solution would be to go ahead and isolate the problematic areas and replace them. However, if you notice other electrical outlets and wiring that is not functioning properly then it may be necessary to go ahead and consider a more extensive repair job. This could include replacing the entire wiring and electrical outlet, or just a portion of it.
One of the most common reasons that multiple electrical outlets and/or wires within a house start to stop working is that they have become tripped by a tripped breaker. The simple solution to this is to open up the breaker panel and manually turn the power off. If this doesn’t work, or it doesn’t seem to be able to, then it is time to call an electrician to come and take a look at what is really causing the issue. Sometimes the problem will simply involve the way that the electrical outlet was placed, or maybe it is being used for something other than electrical work. In this case, it is likely that you will be able to get a reasonable price by having the electrical fixtures in the house replaced.
When you first notice that there are several outlets and/or wires that aren’t functioning normally, then it is probably best to contact a repairman. If there are multiple wires within the house that need to be replaced, then you will want to find the cheapest plumber that you can. Keep in mind that the cheapest ones are often the least trustworthy, so it is vital that you take all precautions before handing over any money. When you are calling the repairmen, you should ask them about the best way to conduct the electrical repairs. You should also inquire about the types of replacements that the professional offers.
If the original electrical outlet was installed correctly, but the wires within it have become disconnected, then there is a good chance that you will be able to fix the issue by simply reconnecting the loose wires. Before trying to tighten the loose wire, it is important to identify if it is a symptom of a more serious problem within your home. Many times, this will be a symptom of a faulty wiring situation, and you will be able to avoid potentially dangerous repairs by purchasing a new electrical outlet altogether.
Electrical outlets and circuit breakers are very important aspects of your home. Without these items, it would be difficult to operate your home’s electronics and appliances. It is not a good idea to replace these units with cheaper outlets or breakers without consulting a qualified professional. In most cases, repairing these devices is the best option available, since replacing these parts will sometimes void your electrical panel and leave you without a functional electrical panel.