Have you ever given much thought to the outlets in your house? If the answer to this question is yes, then you probably have a problem with them. This area of your home is often an area that is overlooked and not given much thought until there is a problem that arises. However, if you do give them a little attention, you could catch signs that indicate it is time for outlet replacement before you are faced with problems and repairs. Peterkin Electric is here to share these signs that are present when the outlets in your home on the cusp of replacement.
Change 2 Prong Outlet to 3 Prong
If your home was built before 1965, you most likely need to evaluate any outlets in your home that haven’t been replaced already. Many original outlets probably only have two prong outlet covers that aren’t grounded and can be very dangerous. Without grounded outlets, there is an increased risk of electrical fires, electrocution, injury and damage to any appliances that may experience a power surge as a result.
Cracked or Broken Faceplates & Covers
When you notice that the faceplate on your outlets is cracked and broken, they need to be replaced right away. This can be extremely dangerous if you are trying to plug something into it. It can even cause damage to any appliances that are plugged into the outlet. If your electrician notices that there are other outlets that haven’t been upgraded in the home, he/she may recommend replacing them with safer outlets.
The Plug Doesn’t Fit Snug in Wall Outlet
When plugging something into an outlet, the prongs of the plug should fit snug into the outlet. There are sometimes that the plug will fit rather loose and even threaten to fall out completely. If this happens, it is a sign that the outlet should be replaced. Plugs that fit too loose in the outlet run the risk of electric shock and fire. It is especially dangerous if you notice any arcing or sparks that are present when plugging something in.
Is a Warm Outlet Safe?
Anytime that you feel warmth when plugging or unplugging an appliance or charger into an outlet, it a cause for concern. It is such a risk that you actually need to go to your circuit breaker and turn that switch into the off position until you have a professional assess the situation. The culprit is likely deteriorating wires within the outlet that will need to be replaced.
Electrical Outlets Not Working
If you have an outlet that is “dead,” that means that no matter what you do, you can’t get the outlet to provide power to anything you plug into it. This requires the help of professionals to replace any wiring that is needed to get your outlet back up and running.