Three Reasons You May Need Outlet Upgrades Immediately

When was the last time you had a professional check your outlets? This is an home improvement that some people overlook. Outdated outlets can pose safety risks. Sometimes it is not a matter of outlets being outdated, but it comes down to having the wrong outlets installed.

Some signs of electrical outlet upgrades are more obvious than others. If you notice a possible issue, a professional electrician is the best resource to use for determining what repairs or upgrades you need. 

Damaged Outlets

Do not dismiss cracked outlets. They are a potential safety threat due to the possibility of electrical shock. It is possible that unplugging something from a cracked outlet can cause the entire face plate to fall off and expose you to wires and contact points

Cracked outlets could also damage your home's wiring. This is because dust can enter through the cracks and settle on wiring. Dusty wiring can cause issues with the overall performance of your home's electricity.

The broken portion of outlets need to be replaced. Also, ensure that you inform family members not to use the damaged outlets until repairs are made. 

Hot Outlets

If you have noticed hot outlets in your home, outdated wiring may be the issue, especially if you have an older home. This is, because a number of older homes have aluminum wiring, which overheats. Aluminum wiring was used in the past due to it being a more affordable metal in comparison to copper. It has since been determined as an unsafe wiring solution. 

Hot outlets may also be the result of you needing a different type of outlet. Consider what you are plugging into the affected outlets. For example, you may have a window unit air conditioner plugged into an outlet that is not appropriate for it. The outlet will likely provide power to the unit, but you may end up experiencing a hot socket as well as short circuits. 

Kitchen Outlets

Your kitchen likely powers several appliances. Even small appliances may require you to upgrade your outlets. For example, a microwave with a three-prong plug may not be suitable for a standard three-prong outlet due to it requiring an outlet that can handle more amps. So, the microwave may work, but at times, you may notice your breaker tripping due to having the wrong type of outlet in place. 

The outlets located in your kitchen may also not be able to handle the load of multiple things being plugged in and used at once. A contractor may opt to replace the existing outlets with a different type. An inspection could also reveal that you do not have enough outlets in your kitchen, and the contractor may opt to wire in additional outlets.

For more information, contact A-Team Electric or a similar company.