Jul 13

How to Know When to Upgrade Outlets

Homeowners likely overlook electrical outlets as part of the electrical system of their property. Without proper upkeep, aside from affecting the aesthetic appeal of your home, these outlets also pose some serious risks.

Keep reading to gain insights on the problems that could arise if outlets are not properly maintained. This post will also make you aware of the signs that your outlets need upgrading.

Why are old outlets a problem?

  •  Your outlets need to be regularly checked because wires beneath them might be worn out after a couple of years.
  • Newer appliances may need new outlets. If outlets are not able to provide enough electricity for your appliances or they are ungrounded, your home is definitely at risk.

What are the signs or problems to watch out for?

  • Two-pronged outlets

These outlets should be upgraded as soon as possible. Two-pronged outlets do not have grounding making the appliances and your home unsafe.

  •  Flickering lights

If you have lights plugged in an outlet that are flickering, the chances are that the outlet is unable to keep up with the electrical demand. Inspection should be done immediately.

  • Loose outlet slots

Are plugs falling out of the slots of your outlet? This is an obvious indication that the contacts inside the outlet are already worn out. This may look as a minor issue for many but this may cause electrical arcing that may lead to house fires.Next time you see a plug falling out, you should consider a replacement right away.

  •  Damaged outlet covers

Outlet covers are not just there for aesthetic purposes. These are used primarily as the outlet’s shield from dust and debris. Although replacing the cover is good, checking the outlet for any damage is highly recommended.

  •  Outlets spark or get too hot

If you notice your outlets are getting hot or sparking, you should urgently replace or upgrade them. You don’t know when it would turn into fire.

If you happen to notice any of these problems, don’t hesitate to call us at JCP Electric. It’s 520-808-3108.

 

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