Homeowners rarely ever think about the electrical outlets in their houses. However, in case your property was built even a few decades ago (in the 1990s), chances are that all your electrical outlets are outdated, and you’re putting your property at risk.
The increasing demand for technology means that even newer houses in some cases have obsolete electrical systems. It isn’t easy to determine when your electrical outlets need replacement. However, it is crucial to keep your family safe. Here are a few things you need to know.
Besides being an eyesore, aging outlets present a lot more problems. Although there might not be any visible indication of the issues, you are definitely putting your home at risk. The only way you can keep your property safe is by understanding the different aspects and knowing when to have these electrical outlets replaced. A few problems that electrical problems often cause include:
From both visual to functional signs, here are a few of the most common indications that your electrical outlets need immediate replacement:
The contacts located in the outlet are most likely worn out if the slots are loose, and the plugs fall off regardless of the appliance being used. Although it might not seem like a big deal at the time, loose slots that are caused by worn-down outlets can result in electrical arcing and poses a severe fire hazard. Consider immediate replacement.
Outlets that get hot after minimal use often indicate electrical issues that are caused due to damaged, loose, or worn-out wires located behind the wall. They pose a considerable fire risk to your property.
Chances are that your outlet may be damaged, improperly installed, or even burned if the surrounding wall or the outlet itself is discoloured. Scorch marks or melted plastic around the receptacle are a result of short circuits, and can eventually result in fires. You should avoid using discoloured outlets. Firstly, cut off the power to the outlet, and call in a licensed professional to inspect it and fix the issue.
These signs mentioned above are definite indicators that you need to replace the outlet right away. A short circuit or water exposure is the likely cause of this. Contact a professional for inspection and have the outlet replaced. Popping or sizzling sounds are particularly a cause for concern as they can result in fires. Switch off the power to the outlet at the panel and call in an electrician.
Besides these common issues, you should also consider upgrading your outlets if you have decided to add any heavy-duty appliances such as:
If you have decided to install either of these, contact the team at All Round Electricals. We can help you determine when these outlets need replacement, so you can prepare for these newer additions. Our team of highly-trained technicians will carry out all tasks with the utmost efficiency, so you no longer have to worry about fires or any other such risks.
For any information about our electrical services, feel free to contact All Round Electrical at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address and we will call back shortly.
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