Keeping your property comfortable and safe should be a top priority for any homeowner, however, how can you protect against a threat you didn’t know was there? A broken or outdated electrical outlet could be dangerous if you do not replace it correctly and quickly. Over time your electrical system could sustain damage, or it could become outdated. It is vital that you look for the following indicators, which may signal that you need to replace your outlets.
The Plug Won’t Stay In
If a plug is consistently falling out of the outlet, it is a clear sign that something isn’t lining up properly. This could potentially mean the mechanisms inside the outlet are damaged or worn down and can no longer maintain the connection with the plug.
The two-pronged outlet design has not been used for years, so if your home is still equipped with these outlets, you should have them changed. While they may still work well enough, the two-pronged design does not support many modern electrical appliances. New electric equipment requires more power than the two-pronged outlet can safely conduct, which can lead to a dangerous situation if ignored.
Cracked or Damaged Outlet Plate
If the plate around your outlet is badly damaged, it could be a sign of some dangerous wiring or electrical damage. If an outlet has been damaged severely, it could affect the effectiveness and the safety of the wiring underneath. Also, if your outlet is damaged so much so that the wiring is visible, it should be replaced immediately.
If your outlet only gives off power sometimes, it could be indicative of bad wiring or another electrical problem. For example, if your lamp flickers, but the bulb is fine, your power may be faltering. If this happens, call your electrician for immediate help.
At R D Nelmes Electrical, we can survey your home and check for any safety hazards or electrical issues.