If you have completed updated the look of a room, the outlets will often need to be replaced as well. Replacing an outlet on your own is not overly difficult to do. The following guide walks you through the quick and easy process for replacing any outlet in your home.
Turn off Power to the Room
The first thing you will need to do to replace the outlet in a room is to turn off the power supply to the room. Find your breaker box (they are usually found in garages or laundry rooms) and find the switch labeled for the room in which you want to change the outlet. Flip the switch in the opposite direction to turn off the power supply.
Ensure the Power Is Turned Off
Before removing the outlet, plug a light into the outlet to ensure that it does not turn on. If the light does not turn on when you flip the switch, there is no power being supplied to the outlet. If it does turn on, go back to the breaker box and try to turn off the power again.
Remove the Faceplate and Outlet
Use a screwdriver to remove the screw located at the center of the faceplate. This will allow you to pull the faceplate loose from the outlet. Remove the screws at the top and bottom of the outlet to free it from the wall.
Detach All Wires
There are screws located on either side of the outlet. Use a screwdriver to carefully loosen all five of the screws and pull the wires free from the outlet.
Bend the Wires
All of the ends of the wires will need to be bent to create a hook at the end of them. First, you need to snip the ends of the wires slightly and then you may have to strip off a little bit of the rubber that comes off of the end of the wires to ensure that enough of the wire is exposed to wrap around the screws.
Attach the Wires
Look at the back of the new outlet that you want to attach. It will be labeled to indicate where each wire should be attached. The white wires coincide with the label that indicates white wire attachment location. The label identifying the hot wire attachment location is for the black wires and the small screw at the bottom of the outlet is for the ground wire, the wire that is green or has no coloring on it at all. Hook the wires around the appropriate screws and tighten the screws to secure the wires.
Replace the Outlet and Cover
Push the outlet into place and use the screwdriver to tighten the screws at the top and bottom of the outlet. Use the screwdriver to tighten the center screw into place to secure the outlet cover.
Test the Outlet
Go to the breaker box and turn the power back on to the outlet. Plug the light into the outlet and try to turn it on. It should turn on right away if you wired the outlet properly.
If you feel that this job is too tedious for you to do on your own, you can hire an electrician at Sweeney Electric to do the job for you. Most electricians can change out an outlet within a matter of just a few minutes so that you can start using it right away.