Electrical outlets are a household element that most people don’t put a lot of thought to — as long as they’re working, they fly under the radar. Most Phoenix homeowners do not realize that at times, there may be cause to replace home electrical outlets.
If you haven’t inspected your home’s outlets recently, take the time to do so now. If you notice the following issues, it’s time to replace your outlets.
Outlets are Cracked
While cracks in your outlets may appear to be a minor problem, they actually pose a significant fire hazard. Dust can enter the outlet which may ignite. Dust and debris can also settle in the outlet if faceplates are cracked or incorrectly sized.
Constant use can wear out your outlets. If your plugs do not fit snugly into an outlet, the outlet needs to be replaced. Loose connections can cause outlets to overheat.
Outlets Are Hot To The Touch
When inspecting outlets, touch the outlet faceplate and screws to determine if the outlet is warm. If so, overheating is likely. This can be caused by excess power flowing through the outlet. Replacing the outlet with one which is designed to handle larger currents can solve this issue.
Outlets And Surrounding Areas Are Discolored
Burn marks and soot on the outlet or on the surrounding walls is an indicator that the outlet is worn out. It should be replaced and the wiring should be inspected by an electrician.
Shocks From Outlets
If you feel a shock when plugging in or unplugging a device from the outlet, it is a sign that the outlet is bad. There could be a wire shorting out or the wiring connected to the outlet may have had its insulation compromised. If this happens, you should discontinue using the outlet and have it replaced immediately.
Buzzing From Outlets
If your outlets are buzzing when devices are plugged in or when they are not in use, the outlet may be arcing, which is a dangerous hazard. This can be caused by loose connections in the outlet or faulty wiring near the outlet.
Outlets Are Outdated
If you’ve been in your home many years and have never replaced your outlets, consider doing so. Electronics have come a long way in the past decades, and outlets have evolved to meet changing household electrical demands. Upgrading to new outlets can add conveniences and improve your safety.
If your home still has two-pronged outlets, you should definitely replace them with three-pronged grounded outlets. It’s also a smart move to replace outlets with GFCI outlets (ground fault circuit interrupters) which can shut off power when improper current flow is detected.
Redecorating Your Home
While changing the look of your home doesn’t necessarily mean you need to change your outlets, some homeowners don’t care for the clash of a standard white outlet against new finishes. Today’s outlets come in various styles and colors; with so many options available, you can find a look that best suits your tastes.
Let outlet replacement to the pros — contact Super Electric today to have your home’s outlets professionally replaced by a licensed electrician.