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The Outlet in My Bathroom Doesn't Work. What Could Be Wrong?

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalWednesday, December 23, 2015

Addressing a bad connection with bathroom outlets often requires the help of a professional electrician.

Bathroom Outlet Near Sink

Electrical and refrigeration issues are some of the most annoying problems homeowners face. They’re never as simple as changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky faucet, but with a little insider knowledge it can be done. If you are struggling with an annoying issue in your bathroom, here are some tips to help:

The GFCI Solution

Outlets positioned near water are built with a safety feature to prevent electrocution, and therefore have an increased sensitivity to trips or breaks in the circuit. A ground fault circuit interrupter is a required installation around any receptacle (outlet or plug) near water. This sensitive mechanism is designed to monitor moisture levels, and automatically shut off all the electrical receptacles to prevent accidental electrocution.

Multiple Outlets Down

If multiple bathroom outlets are not responsive, you should start by checking to see if the GFCI component has been activated to shut off the access to power. If so, it can easily be reset with the press of a button located on the outlet itself. The GFCI might not be in the bathroom, especially if you have an older home, and may be hidden somewhere in your house or garage. Once you locate this device, it will be simple to switch the outlets back on.

Bad Wiring

If the lights in your bathroom as well as the outlets have gone out, it’s more likely that the culprit is wiring. For this more complex electrical issue, it’s advisable to seek an expert evaluation. Safety is paramount in this case, so please call a professional before you go tinkering around with live electrical currents.

If you are ready to figure out those annoying bathroom outlet issues once and for all, click here to get more information about the best electrical and refrigeration tips from the Cooper Mechanical experts.