Dealing with Dead Outlets

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Are you experiencing dead outlets in your house?

A dead outlet is simply a socket that has stopped functioning. This can occur for a multitude of reasons. In this article, we will look at why this happens and what you can do about it.

Common Causes

  • Tripped circuit breaker
  • Tripped ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet
  • Blown fuse
  • Loose electrical connection
  • Burnout and/or old age


  • If you have GFCI outlets, push the "RESET" button to reset the outlet
  • Check the main circuit breaker panel, look for tripped switches and reset switches by turning off and then back on
  • Test to see if other surrounding outlets are also dead or if it is just one
  • Call a Mister Sparky electrical expert at (210) 899-2430

In conclusion, a simple blown fuse or tripped circuit may be causing your issues. However, in other cases with problems like loose electrical connections or burnout/ old age, the outlet itself will need to be replaced. In this case, it is safest to employ the expertise of a professional. We have your back and are always happy to help.

To have your outlets tested or to replace your outlets today, visit our Request A Service page to set up your appointment.

*Information for this article was gathered from Family Handyman.