Most electrical work around the house is better left to the professionals, preferably those holding a license. However, there are some tasks that are simple enough to be performed by homeowners. Replacing an outlet is one such project. Although the name is used interchangeably, an outlet and receptacle are not the same thing. Common root cause of failure is the damage to the part caused by some mechanical force, typically by rough handling, as failures of electrical nature are quite rare.
- Electrical outlets, or receptacles, usually fail due to damage that is physical rather than electrical.
- Each and every circuit breaker should be switched off before an electrical receptacle is to be repaired.
- In order to repair a receptacle, one should have a receptacle tester handy and should follow six steps.
“The most common reason receptacles need to be replaced is because of physical damage.”