How to Change an Electrical Plug

Changing your own electrical plug is cost-effective and simple. You can do it in just a few moments using these steps. Learn safety precautions and time-saving tips.

Change an Electrical Plug
  1. Find your electrical breaker box and turn off the power running to the outlet you are replacing before beginning the task to avoid injury.

  2. Plug the circuit tester into the outlet. A red light will illuminate if the outlet is still receiving power.

  3. Remove the screws from the cover and plug with your screwdriver and lightly pull the plug from the wall about three to four inches.

  4. With your tape and pen, note the origin of each wire so you can know where to connect them on the new plug.

  5. Using your screwdriver, remove the wires from the old plug and reattach them to the new plug.

  6. Reattach the new plug and cover with your screwdriver.

  7. Return to your breaker box and turn the power to the outlet back on.


  • Changing your electrical plug without turning it off at the breaker could result in electrocution. Lightly reattach the outlet cover to prevent breakage. Use caution when turning your breaker box back on.

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Tricia Chaves began her writing career after working in advertising and promotions for entertainment publisher "The New Times." In 2005, she earned her real-estate salesperson license from the state of Ohio and certification for leasing and property management from the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association. She was certified as a life and weight-loss coach and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming in 2011.