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!

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.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Sarah on Mar 20, 2023

    Thanks everyone, I ended up calling an electricianicon

  • MitchellShepherd MitchellShepherd on Nov 02, 2023

    Hey there! If your electrical outlet is feeling warm, it's essential to address this issue for safety reasons. It could be due to a few factors, like a loose connection or overloading. First, unplug any devices and check the outlet cover for any signs of scorching or damage.If you're not comfortable troubleshooting it yourself, it's a good idea to reach out to a qualified electrician. They can assess the situation and ensure everything is safe. Also, consider consulting a Pole Line Contractor Ottawa, as they might be able to help with any high-voltage concerns.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 02, 2023

    This is not supposed to happen. You can replace the outlet if you feel comfortable doing that or you should call an electrician to do it for you. You certainly do not want a fire.

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 06, 2023

    Hi Sarah, hope this helps. An outlet may be hot or warm because of an overload of electricity, faulty wiring, a damaged plug, or an overloaded circuit. I would call in someone who knows about electricity.