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How to Replace an Outlet

These step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to easily replace an electrical outlet.

More in Remodeling

replacing an electrical outlet
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Remove the Old Outlet

Cut the power off at the electrical panel.

Clip the wires from the old outlet with cutting pliers. This will expose new wiring to connect to the new outlet (Image 1).

clip wires from old outlet

Step 2: Install the New Outlet

Install the new outlet following the manufacturer's instructions and replace the outlet cover.

Turn the power back on and check that the outlet is working correctly.

installing new outlet