How To: Changing A Plug Socket

Looking to upgrade your electrical sockets at home? You’ll be happy to know that changing a plug socket does not require an electrician and can be done by most DIY enthusiasts. Follow our simple guide below and you’ll have your new socket connected and working safely before you know it.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

In this how to guide, we will show you how to change a plug socket in your home safely

  1. Test the electrical socket

    The first step in any electrical project is to make sure we are working safely. Grab your plug in electrical tester and check to make sure the electrical socket in LIVE.

  2. Isolate the power at your consumer unit

    While leaving the socket tester plugged in, head over to your consumer unit and isolate the circuit you need to work on.

  3. Re-test the electrical socket

    Re-check the electrical socket to ensure the electrical supply has been isolated and the circuit is safe to work on. This is crucial as electricity can kill!

  4. Remove the old socket

    Now we can get to work. Remove the old socket, start by undoing the screws at either side of the face plate, then proceed to undo the terminals so that the socket can be fully removed.

  5. Connect the new electrical socket

    Next get your new electrical socket and check which terminal is which. You will have 3 or 4 terminals which are:
    L – LIVE
    N – NEUTRAL
    E or 
    earth electrical symbol – EARTH

    Be sure to connect your new socket up correctly. You need to connect
    RED / BROWN – LIVE
    BLACK / BLUE – NEUTRAL
    GREEN / GR
    EEN+YELLOW – EARTH

    After connecting the cables to the new socket. Give the cables a slight tug to ensure they are nice and tight. Now screw the face plate back to the wall, making sure not to trap any cables or screw into them with the face plate screws.

  6. Reinstate the electrical supply

    Once everything is connected to can head on back over to your consumer unit and reinstate the electrical supply.

    Top tip: While at your consumer unit check if you have RCD protection and also when the installation was last tested.

  7. Test your new socket

    Head back to your socket and plug in your electrical tester again. Pay close attention to the lights on the front of the tester as these will indicate if you have connected everything correctly.

There you have it, you should now know how to change a plug socket. Want to know what other electrical DIY you can do? Then check our post about when you don’t need an electrician

If you have any doubts when undertaking electrical work in your home or you don’t feel confident then contact your local Sheffield electrician on 0114 4000 099

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