Repairing Electrical Outlets: Should You Do It Yourself?

On the face of it, electricity is a straightforward, although dangerous, part of your home. In general, there are three wires inside a cable on each circuit. They run from the breaker to each socket in a radial pattern and supply the power they need.

Electrical Outlets

However, there are additional factors to consider including impedance, load, and even the length of your cables. Understanding how these affect power delivery and safety is critical if you want to avoid an electrical issue or fire.
That’s why it’s essential that you have the number of a reliable Sydney electrician to hand. If you need them you want to know they’ll be there quickly.

Of course, some electrical work can be completed by yourself while other items should be left to the professionals. The question is should you be repairing electrical outlets yourself?

Safety First

You should have a healthy respect for electricity and the injuries or deaths it can cause. This respect ensures you follow the guidelines when repairing electrical sockets and stay safe.
If you have no experience of electrics and find the subject scary then always go to the professional.

It’s also worth noting that repairing an existing electrical outlet is different from running in a new circuit. New circuits are controlled by regulations and you’ll need an expert’s help.

Don’t forget, before you start doing any electrical work, shut the power off to the circuit or the whole house. Then, test to ensure the power really is off.

Remove The Outlet

Carefully unscrew and remove the outlet cover. You can use a standard electrical tester or a multi-meter to ensure there really is no power to the outlet.
It will then be possible to disconnect the connectors inside the box. You’ll have to do this in order to remove the box. A new box should be of the same size. Simply cut the access hole for the wires and slot the box into position.

You can then reconnect the wires and close the box before carefully turning the power back on. To finish testing it’s a good idea to plug something into your circuit.

Cabling

The cables should be replaced in exactly the same way. However, if you have old electrical wiring you may find the colors are not what you’re expecting. It’s a good idea to verify which is which before you connect any new wiring to your socket.

Types of Outlet

It’s also worth noting that there are three main types of outlet:

  • Ungrounded


As the name suggests this socket has only two holes and no ground cable. If you have this type of socket you’ll want to add a grounding cable or rewire the circuit.

  • Grounded


The more modern approach has three wires, one of which is a grounding cable. This is the standard socket found n most modern homes.

  • Grounded Fault Circuit Interrupter


If you have sockets in wet rooms or other places that may have excessive levels of moisture this type of socket has a built-in protection breaker. It will trip instantly if any issue is detected.