Why does my electrical outlet feel warm?

by Sarah

The one electrical outlet in my house feels warm. I was wondering if it is because I am doing something wrong or if there could be a serious electrical issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

why does my electrical outlet feel warm

Outlet feels warm

  14 answers
  • William William on Mar 14, 2023

    It could be shorting out on the inside. Ground wire may be loose or disconnected. Replace the outlet or hire an electrician if you don't like to work with electricity.


  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 15, 2023

    The warmth or even a noise, such as a hum coming from the outlet means electricity is being released and not completing the circuit. Replace the outlet is you have the skills or hire an electrician right away.

  • Something isn't right. Call an electrician.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 15, 2023

    I agree I would definitely replace the outlet. Find the breaker in your panel and switch it off first, then unscrew the front plate and then you can unscrew the outlet and pull it out.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 15, 2023

    Call in an electrician and get it fixed f you are not familiaer with electrics, for safety sake!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 15, 2023

    You should have it checked immediately if it is warm when not in use. If it is when use, check the item in another outlet to make sure it isn't caused by the item you have in the outlet.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 15, 2023

    If you are not comfortable with changing an outlet, call an electrician, it should not be warm or hot.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 15, 2023

    Hi Sarah: You may need a new outlet. They are pretty easy to change out, just be sure you take a picture of the old one so that you know which wire goes where. And, make sure the electricity to that socket is off. The easiest way for me, since my fuse box is in the basement, is to plug in the vacuum, turn it on and start shutting off fuses or breakers, and turning them back on, until the vacuum stops. Then I know that I have the right fuse/breaker turned off. Get a piece of paper and write down which fuse/breaker it was so that you know which breaker goes to that outlet, and, if you know what else turned off, write that down too, and tape it to the door of the fuse box. Saves a bit of time :) If you don't think you can do it, then call an electrician.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Mar 15, 2023

    That is not a good thing! You need to call a licensed electrician!

  • I’d have a licensed electrician come in and take a look. Just leave it be and don’t use it in the meantime just to be safe. Electricity is dangerous, so better safe than sorry by going with a pro.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 18, 2023

    Do you have an outlet tester to see if it’s hooked up correct .or. Have someone open and look at the wires to see if there are scorch marks.

  • Hi Sarah! More than likely, if an outlet is warming up, it is because you are overloading it. Another common reason why electrical outlets get warm over time is that the casing around the electrical outlet, the outlet itself or even its wiring could be damaged.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 19, 2023

    Loose wiring and corroded wires can cause a bad connection, resulting in extra heat building up inside your outlet—you might even see sparks when you plug in appliances. One sign you can look out for is if your light bulbs keep burning out immediately. Be cautious, this is a fire hazard!

  • Sarah Sarah on Mar 20, 2023

    Thanks everyone, I ended up calling an electricianicon