How to Replace a 120-Volt Electrical Wall Outlet

Old 120-volt wall outlet
Electrical wall outlet (receptacle) in need of replacing.

If an electrical outlet (also known as a receptacle) is cracked or broken, the slots no longer grip the plug tightly, or the outlet doesn’t work properly, it needs to be replaced. Replacing a standard, 120-volt wall outlet is an easy DIY project that only requires a few tools and some basic knowledge of wiring.

Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to replace an electrical outlet in your home.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I have two ceiling fans (bedroom & living room) which are controlled by wall touch switches. One or both will go during severe storms. I have questioned various Home Depot workers who had no idea what could be causing these occurrences. I don’t want to call an electrician to come over for something I could possibly do myself. I have installed dimmer switches, installed thermostats, toilet repairs, under the sink repairs, faucet repairs…..so I think I can tackle this one. I just need to know whether if I disconnect it at the wall switch, will it function manually directly from the fan?

    I thank you.

  2. How do I figure out which circuit breaker turns off which outlets and then how do I double-check to be sure its off?

  3. I am replacing some old lighting in my kitchin, the lights I will be putting back are lumens link able. What I would like to do is remove the switch that is there fore the old light and rewire it for a outlet can you help?
    Thanking you in advance,
    Lonnie Ayers

  4. my electrical outlet in the kitchen does not fit my oven i need to replace it to fit my oven cord which is a three prong what do i need to do

  5. I have a gfi outlet in my kitchen that stopped working and would not reset. It did not trip a circuit breaker. I replaced the outlet and still no power. None of the others in the same room are broken. Could the problem be further back in the wall?

    • Hi, Casey,
      It could be a breaker problem, it could be another outlet in the series, it could be a bad GFCI. This one is better left for a pro that can troubleshoot and pinpoint exactly where the problem is.
      Good luck!

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