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How To Test an Electric Outlet

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If one of your home appliances stops working, you need to check if the electric outlet where you insert the electric plug of the appliance is working or not. Checking the electric outlet is easy. If you follow the steps given below, we believe that you will be able to identify if the electric outlet is working or not.

  1. Connect the plug of a working device (table lamp, radio, alarm clock, etc) to the wall electric outlet where you connect the power plug. If your device does not work, you need check other things before you can decide if the outlet is bad or not.
  2. Locate your fuse box (they are normally located somewhere in the wall of your garage). Open the cover of the fuse box and check if the circuit breaker is tripped. Sometimes circuit breakers may look to be in correct position. Read the directions on the panel and put the appropriate switch to OFF and then ON position. Repeat step 1 and see if your test device (lamp, etc) works. If your test device does not work, proceed to the next step.
  3. Use an electric circuit tester to test the outlet. You can use a simple tester that looks like a screw driver. If you ask a store attendant in Home Depot or Lowes, he or she can find a tester for you. If you put the tester in the outlet, the bulb in the tester should light up if the outlet is working. If you see the bulb of the tester is blinking or is not lighted at all, call a qualified electrician to thoroughly diagnose the problem.