tl/dr: It seems a finicky blender killed my outlet - My blender initially turns on but then stops after a moment, and won't turn back on. I plugged a night light into one plug and it turns on initially but then turns off once inserted fully. The night light works fine in the other plug. The blender doesn't work properly in either plug. Do I just need to replace my outlet?
I had some trouble with my blender: I accidentally broke part of the lid, and it is one of those blenders that has built in "catches" to make sure it doesn't run without the lid on correctly. I already had my food in so I attempted (with some success) to continue blending anyway. However, the blender was finicky and kept turning off despite my efforts. Eventually it stopped turning on altogether. I figured the blender just didn't appreciate my efforts and switched blenders (the other one wasn't ideal for my meal, which is why I didn't try it sooner).
A bit later I realized that, in fact, the whole outlet was acting wonky. Namely, the other blender also had trouble with it. It initially turned on, but then stopped turning on too. I moved a few feet to the next outlet and the new blender worked fine.
I then got out a "night light" to test the wonky outlet. In one of the plugs the light worked fine (which is the same plug the new blender was plugged into and didn't work). In the other plug (the one the broken blender was plugged into) it only lit up if I had it partially plugged in - once it was fully plugged in it turned off. Obviously the outlet has issues. To recap and provide more details:
- The outlet provides power, but apparently not enough for a blender
- One plug worked fine for a low-power device, but the other plug stopped working when the light was plugged in all the way.
- No breaker circuits are tripped
- There is one GFCI outlet in the kitchen, on a different wall. I confirmed that this outlet is not controlled by the GFCI
- I'm 95% sure that this outlet isn't on a GFCI at all
- There are additional outlets on this wall in the kitchen, and they all work fine (in fact I finished my lunch by using the fully-functional blender plugged into another outlet just a couple feet away).
- There are no signs of physical damage to the outlet
I'm guessing that the blender turned on/off a little to quickly for the outlet and damaged it in some way. My presumption is that I just need to replace the outlet, which I have done before. However, I'm always very cautious about electrical issues and will happily get an electrician if there is any sign that there is more to this issue than it seems. So, my questions (the first one is the only one I need answered):
- Does it sound like the only issue is a faulty outlet that needs to be replaced?
- Does a blender turning on/off repeatedly seem like the sort of thing that could break an outlet? I don't think my blender actually cycled that many times, and I'm mildly concerned that there was more wrong with this outlet and my blender was just "the straw that broke the camel's back".
- In particular, might this be a sign that my blender is trash? A broken lid is a lot cheaper to replace than an entire blender.
And because a picture is worth 1000 words: