Why Did My Outlet Stop Working?

As a homeowner, it is inevitable that you’ll have regular upkeep and repairs. Common annoyances include wall outlets that seem to stop working with no obvious reason. An outlet can stop working for a variety of different reasons, however:

An Open Circuit
An open circuit occurs when there is an opening where the circuit is attached, making the electrical current unable to pass. Loose wires, old wires, or broken wires are typically the major causes of an open circuit. This kind of issue can cause more than one outlet at a time to go out.

An Overloaded Circuit
Overloaded circuits occur when either a fuse becomes blown or a piece of the circuit breaker malfunctions – both caused by overeating when too much electrical flow occurs at once. In response to the overheating and as a way to prevent fires, a fuse is designed to break and a breaker is designed to switch off. While breakers can be manually reset, fuses must be replaced.

A Broken Outlet
An outlet can stop working when it has been installed incorrectly or poorly. These installations usually result in either the entire outlet shutting down or corrosion blocking the path of wires. Many times, a broken outlet must be replaced entirely because of mis-wiring.

A Short Circuit
A short circuit is another cause of a flipped breaker. These occur when a wire overheats and connects with another wire that reaches the ground. This forces all energy into the connection and a single circuit, thus overheating and flipping a breaker.

Remember, it is always important to wear gloves when handling an outlet and all repairs or investigations should begin and end with a qualified, licensed technician.


At Cirro Energy, we offer convenient and easy home solutions such as Electric Line Protect, Surge Protect, and Electric Line with Surge Protect that is provided by Allied Warranty. For more information on home solutions, click here. Check back every month for new blogs on helpful electricity tips and easy living lifestyle advice. To compare and see the Cirro advantage, check out our residential comparison page and make the switch today. Cirro Energy, the easy choice for people who like easy choices.

To speak with a Cirro representative, you can e-mail us or contact by phone:

Call: 1.800.MY.CIRRO
Residential Hours: Daily 7 am – 10pm CST
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Spread #PositiveEnergy All Year

At Cirro Energy, our team participates in giving back to our community throughout the year. It’s easy, simple, and a great way to support others in need. It is important to us that we focus on not just providing energy for your home but helping to spread positive energy by giving back to our neighbors in need. We hope what we do inspires you to do the same.

Donate electronics.

Let’s face it, electronics come and go quickly in this day and age. However, there is ample opportunity for these gently used electronics (cell phones, printers, TVs) to still be put to good use. We choose to donate our gently used items, and when we must dispose of them completely, we always recycle. Our team encourages donations across all platforms, so be sure to check out your local humane society, your city’s family services, or other donation centers that could greatly use gently used items.

Participate in canned food drives.

Throughout the year, our team collects canned goods and gift cards for food drives. While extremely popular during the holidays, canned drives take place every month of the year. We just clear out our pantry with cans we are not using (that are still in date!) or pick up a few extra cans at the store. Those in need in turn receive another warm meal.

Help others achieve success.

We participate in Dress for Success clothes drives during the year. Women bring in clothing, accessories, and shoes for other women that are experiencing challenging circumstances. The clothes drive helps to provide women in need with new attire for job interviews. There are various organizations throughout our state that cater to specific causes such as this, so just check with your community’s website to see where you can help.


At Cirro Energy, we offer convenient and easy home solutions such as Electric Line Protect, Surge Protect, and Electric Line with Surge Protect that is provided by Allied Warranty. For more information on home solutions, click here. Check back every month for new blogs on helpful electricity tips and easy living lifestyle advice. To compare and see the Cirro advantage, check out our residential comparison page and make the switch today. Cirro Energy, the easy choice for people who like easy choices.

To speak with a Cirro representative, you can e-mail us or contact us by phone:

Call: 1.800.MY.CIRRO
Residential Hours: Daily 7 am – 10pm CST
Small Business Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6pm CST

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Take Advantage of Our Simple Solutions

At Cirro Energy, we pride ourselves on offering simple solutions that make navigating your electricity account easy and customizable. We give you the power to choose how you want to use your account! Continue reading to see how you can maximize the benefits of using Cirro Energy.

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