The electrical outlets in your bathroom are probably the most used in the house. Electrical toothbrushes, hair dryers, straighteners, curlers, air fresheners, and chargers all need outlets when you are getting ready for your day. When the bathroom outlets don’t work you find yourself in a serious pickle. You will need to address this issue as soon as possible because otherwise you will be extremely inconvenienced.
What to Do If Your Outlets Don’t Work
1. Unplug everything from the outlets. You don’t want to short out your various bathroom appliances.
2. Check your breaker panel because any number of tripped breakers could cause the outlets to stop working. You will need to reset them to see if this helps the situation.
3. Bathrooms usually have ground fault circuit interrupter outlets (GFCI) which can trip as a result of being around the hot water vapors of a shower or a bath. Make sure these outlets haven’t been tripped because otherwise you will need to reset them as well. Sometimes home builders will skimp out on the GFCI requirements. They may install less GFCI’s than usual and connect more loads than there should be. As a result of this the GFCI’s could become overloaded and trip.
4. A GFCI receptacle is smooth and rectangular with two pushable buttons between the outlets. One button is a test and the other is the reset. If tripped, you will need to push in the popped out reset button. This type of protection device is needed for all bathrooms, garages, kitchens, etc., so if the trip is not in the main breaker you should look for the GFCI receptacle.
If you have more questions about tripped breakers and why your bathroom outlets don’t work, you should try to talk to a professional electrician. The easiest, fastest way to get in contact with reliable electricians in your area is to use TalkLocal. Tell us what you’re looking for, and we will connect you with the right professional, quickly and completely free of charge.