Emergency Electricians

What Do Emergency Electricians Do if One Electrical Outlet in a Room Does Not Work?

Electricity must complete a full circuit from the point where it enters the house from a utility supplier and back again. The electrical systems of modern homes consist of a three-wire system including a hot wire, a neutral wire, and a bare wire. There are various factors that could cause an electrical outlet in your home not to work. These are some of the areas an emergency electrician would look at in case the electrical outlet of your room does not work.

Check for GFCI

One of the first areas an emergency electrician would look at if an outlet quits is the type of outlet in the room. One of the most common types of electrical outlets in modern homes is the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet can stop functioning if it experiences any form of interruption, even temporarily. GFCI outlets feature an in-built circuit breaker that can stop the flow of electricity if there is a problem.


Next, the emergency electrician would probably inspect the breaker panel where power comes into the house. Sometimes, the GFCI break might trip the breaker that controls the entire electrical unit. If all breakers in the house are OK, the emergency electrician would test the other outlets in the house. The circuits of a house may not necessarily be divided by rooms; one or more outlets in a room may be on different circuits and the outlet that is not working could be on a different circuit that connects outlets in other areas.

The Receptacle

The emergency electrician would also inspect the receptacle of the faulty electrical outlet. This may involve removing the faceplate and inspecting the wire connections.

Test the Wiring

The emergency electrician would also test the outlet wiring with a circuit breaker. This is a dangerous operation that only knowledgeable professionals like electricians can perform safely. This is often undertaken to determine if the outlet requires replacement or not.

Replace the Outlet

As a last resort, the emergency electrician would replace the entire outlet. Of course, the electrician would ensure that there is no current on the site before replacing the outlet.

The main role of electricians is to install, maintain and repair electrical systems of commercial, residential, industrial, and commercial premises. Although some electricians are self-employed, many work for electrical companies and service providers. These professionals earn reasonable salaries but face many job hazards including risk of electrical shock and burns.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electricians have an above average on-the-job injury rate. Some of the injuries that electricians are prone to include burns, electric shocks, bruises, and cuts. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 30,000 electric shocks happen to electricians each year. It is advisable not to try to repair faulty electrical appliances and components at home on your own. Call an emergency electrician in case you urgently need electrical repair services. Even the relatively low voltage electricity that gets into your home can cause serious injuries.

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