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Question DetailsAsked on 8/7/2016

on a double elecrical outlet the top one when used gets hot while the bottom one when used does not

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Assuming that what you had plugged into it does not exceed the rating of the outlet (commonly 15 amps), probably has a cracked or loose internal connection on the prongs so they are heating up due to the increased resistance - which is a fire hazard and also would mean your device is getting less voltage than it should.

Get the outlet replaced - about $5 for standard outlet or $15-30 for GFCI type if needed/appropriate, plus minimum visit charge by electrician (commonly $75-150) or if you trust one, Handyman (commonly about $50-75 minimum charge).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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