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Wall Socket Not Working

It can be incredibly frustrating when something you have come to rely on for months or even years, stops working.  When your vacuum, hairdryer, computer, microwave, kettle or lawnmower just won’t work so you can get on with your normal routine, what must you do?  We would perhaps have the basic knowledge to know that if none of these items are working, it’s not the devices that is the problem, but something to do with your electrical system in your home.

The quickest way to check whether it is the socket or device that is broken, is to plug another appliance into same outlet.  If it doesn’t work and you have also checked your fuse box and other plug sockets in your home, you can then conclude it is just the one plug socket you are using that has stopped working.  However, even if you have other outlets to use, do not ignore this particular problem.

Not only could it be dangerous to ignore an electrical fault in your home, but just because your other sockets are working does not mean your other electrical systems aren’t the problem.  You may find that other electrical outlets and plug sockets stop working overtime also.  To save damaging your entire electrical outlet system, or even to avoid risk of fire and electrical shock, get someone in to carry out a socket repair as soon as possible.

Damaged Wall Socket

There are many things that could be behind your wall socket not working.  It is possible for those with a small knowledge of electrics to check for basic faults, however it is not recommended.  Not only are there a number of faults that only a qualified electrician could check, but even if you find the cause of the problem, you may not have the suitable means to fix it yourself.

There are some things you can do to avoid a damaged wall socket.  Using a plug for example that has a faulty earth pin, that won’t slot into your socket smoothly and you have to force it in, will inevitably damage the socket mechanisms that allows you to connect the line and neutral pin to the electrical current.  If you overload a plug socket with extension plugs and a lot of heavy voltage equipment, you can cause the socket to overheat, perhaps causing one of the built-in safety mechanisms to trip to avoid a fire breaking out.

Thankfully, professional electricians have the equipment needed to get right to the cause of the plug socket not working.  Figuring out why your plug socket stopped working may not take long at all, and finding a solution may also be a quick job.  This means that it is better to get an electrician in quickly, so that the job will be minor and more serious damage has not occurred.  A smaller, quick job, usually means lower repair costs for you.

Below are just some of the faults that could have occurred to your socket include:

  • The circuit breaker that is put in place as a safety precaution has tripped out due to a short circuit in the system.
  • Loose or faulty wiring inside the circuit (again this may the circuit breaker to trip)
  • A cracked plug socket that has warped damaged or moved the fittings within. This can involve damage to the plastic socket casing rather than the wiring itself.

Wayne Smith Property Repairs don’t just cover large electrical repair job, but are capable of carrying out any needed repairs and maintenance to your property, even when it is just minor issues that need resolving.  All of our electricians are fully insured and trained and have the needed equipment to carry out the job efficiently.  Contact us today for more information.