Did you know that faulty electrical outlets and outdated appliances are the biggest causes of electrical fires? It can be difficult to tell if you need to replace your outlets, but there are a number of tell-tale signs you should look out for. Read on to find out more.
When to Replace Your Outlets
Electrical outlets can last for years, in most circumstances. However, you need to replace these items if they malfunction or show signs of wear and tear. Here are some of the things to look out for.
Heat From Outlets
If an outlet becomes too hot, there could be a loose connection inside. Turn off the outlet and contact a professional.
Smoke From Outlets
If there’s smoke coming from an outlet, turn off the power at the circuit breaker box to prevent a fire and contact a professional immediately. Mister Sparky® of Lancaster offers 24-hour emergency assistance, so you can get the help you need when you need it.
Strange Noise Coming From Outlets
If your outlets are making a buzzing sound, it could be another sign that’s it time to call a professional. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse and could jeopardize the safety of you and your family.
Hazards of Old Outlets
Outlets that are old or poorly wired pose a number of risks. General wear and tear will result in faulty outlets that prevent your electrical appliances from working properly.
“Receptacles [outlets] have metal contact points for the hot, neutral, and ground connections that, over time, begin to wear and loosen their gripping power that holds cords in tightly,” says The Spruce. “The heat will cause problems in the wiring and likely lead to a circuit breaker tripping or a fuse blowing.”
Outdated outlets can also cause fires. If an electrical charge creates a spark, fire can spread along walls or engulf furniture.
Benefits of New Outlets
New outlets might sound like an unnecessary expense, but they will provide you with a return on your investment. Not only will your electrical appliances operate properly, but you can prevent a fire in your home.
Want to upgrade your electrical outlets without breaking the bank? Call Mister Sparky® of Lancaster today at (717) 276-0625 or contact us online for more information.