Turn off the breaker that controls the circuit that the outlet is on. Most breaker boxes are marked to show what breaker controls each area, but if yours is not, you may have to flip several until you find the right one.
Use a circuit tester to check another outlet on that circuit to ensure that the power is off. If a circuit tester is not available, plug in a lamp or radio to test for electricity.
Unscrew the center screw to remove the outlet cover. Check inside for any burn marks or any loose wires. If burn marks are found, it is best to call in a professional.
Use the screwdriver to remove the top and bottom screws that are holding the outlet. Pull the outlet away from the wall and loosen the screws that are holding the wires. Take note of the layout of the wiring.
Pull the wires free of the screws and discard the old outlet. Loosen the screws on the new outlet.
Place the white wires under the silver screws on the outlet and tighten the screws. Repeat with the black wires placed under the brass colored screws. Place the green ground wire under the green screw and tighten that screw.
Put the outlet back into the wall and replace the top and bottom screws. Place the outlet cover over the outlet and screw into place. You are now ready to turn the electricity back on and test the outlet.
Things You Will Need
- Circuit tester
- It is a good idea to go ahead and check other outlets on the same circuit for any loose wires or burn marks while you have the breaker off. Simply remove the outlet covers and check for any problems.