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Is Half of an Outlet Not Working?

Wiring issues are often the cause of an outlet not working. Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, a Hanover, Pennsylvania electrician can diagnose problems with your electrical outlets and provide reliable solutions. Here’s more information on why half of your outlet may not be working.

Common Reasons for an Outlet Not Working

Four common reasons of an outlet not working include switched plugs, a backstabbed wired outlet, an improperly used wire nut, or an incorrect type of wire metal used. Many homes have duplex outlets that can power two devices simultaneously. With duplex outlets, one socket remains on while the power for the other socket is controlled by a wall switch. For example, switch outlets are usually in living rooms and bedrooms where you would want to plug a lamp into the switched side of the outlet. This allows you to turn a lamp on and off with a flip of a wall switch.

The correct way to wire a switch or plug is to curl the wire around the screw and tighten it. The incorrect way to wire a plug or switch is to push the wire into the connector that hooks the wire inside. Improperly wiring a switch or plug creates a loose connection that easily burns out. A Hanover Pennsylvania electrician can check wires and make necessary repairs.

In addition, improperly using wire nuts causes outlets to stop operating properly. Wire nuts are designed to keep wires covered and together. Wire nuts can also be used to make a reliable connection between wires. Also, using the wrong type of metal wiring can cause issues. Aluminum and copper material are used for wiring purposes, but copper is the best choice. Most devices are rated for copper wiring, and copper is stronger than aluminum. It’s best to avoid using aluminum wiring because aluminum is more resistant to electricity than copper, which can eventually burn out the wiring.

Finding a Hanover Pennsylvania Electrician

At Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, your family’s safety is our priority. Our expertise includes surge protection, security lighting, repairs and rewiring, and more! 100% satisfaction is our guarantee. Contact us to learn more about our residential electrical services or schedule a service. We look forward to helping you!

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