Repairing Loose or Damaged Outlets

Repairing Loose or Damaged Outlets

July 22, 2019

Loose outlets are a common problem that can turn into a major annoyance. If left ignored for long, they can become completely dysfunctional and even crack or break in half. Not only can these loose and damaged outlets become a hassle during daily activities, but it may also be an electrical or fire hazard. The team at Mr. Electric of Dallas are excited to offer quality residential and commercial electrical services in DFW communities. We enjoy helping our local North Texas clients improve the safety and efficiency of their electrical system, and we want you to have the same results. Here are some tips for repairing your outlets. 

 Shut Off Power to Your Outlet

The most important step in any electrical outlet repair is to shut off power. Failure to turn off the electricity to a circuit could result in electrocution and severe injury. Turn the power off from the breaker box, or shut off all power if you’re unsure which circuit the outlet is connected to. Double check that there is no electrical current by testing with a multimeter before beginning the repair. 

Determine Why Your Outlet Is Loose or Broken

The next step is to understand exactly why the outlet is loose in the first place. You could simply need to tighten the screws on the plate. In most cases, the housing box itself has been embedded too deeply in the wall, making it difficult for the outlet to stay flush with the drywall. 

Use Spacers to Fix a Loose Outlet Cover

Sometimes, the box will be so deep, that it is necessary to adjust the box, and move it forward. However, most of the time, you can simply slide a few spacers onto the back of the outlet plug screw, which will force it forward. This will ensure that that the surface of the outlet is level with the outside of your wall, instantly fixing any loose screws or an uneven cover plate. 

Replace any Damaged Components

If you do notice that the outlet, box or cover has become cracked or chipped, be sure to replace it with a brand-new model. Outlets are relatively inexpensive, and there’s no reason to risk electrical hazards. 

Restore Electricity to the Outlet and Test

Once your outlet is successfully replaced, it’s time to restore power. Go back to the outlet box, and flip the circuit to the ON position. Test the plug with an electrical tool or device, and repeat the process with any other loose or damaged outlets. 

Still Having Problems with Your Outlet? Call Mr. Electric of Dallas

Did you follow the above steps, but your outlet is still loose or refusing the work properly? Get the help you need by calling the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are proud to serve North Texas customers in Dallas, North Dallas, Arlington, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Inwood, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Oak Lawn, University Park, Texas and other DFW neighborhoods. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.