For any homeowner, keeping your home safe is a top priority. But how can you protect your home against a threat that you didn’t know was there in the first place?
Did you know that outdated or broken electrical outlets inside your harm can be dangerous, if not replaced in a timely manner? But how do you know if your electrical outlet is bad?
Just like everything else, the electrical system inside your home could sustain damage overtime, or it could simply become outdated through years of usage.
Whether your outlets were installed incorrectly or simply outdated, it’s important to look for the following signs of outdated or broken electrical outlets.
A Cracked or Damaged Outlet Plate
If the plate surrounding your outlet is cracked or damage, that can be a sign of electrical damaged or faulty wiring in your home. A severely damaged outlet can affect its effectiveness and the overall safety on your home.
Any outlets with visible wiring showing should be replaced immediately.
An outlet with inconsistent power is a sign of bad wiring or another electrical problem. Signs of inconsistent power coming from your outlet is a flickering lamp, even with a brand new light bulb.
If you’re seeing signs of faltering power within your home, call your electrician for immediate help.
The Plug Keeps Falling Out
A clear indication of a damaged electrical outlet is when a plug continues to fall out.
The mechanisms inside your outlet could be damaged or simply worn down from years or usage, and can longer maintain the connection to the plug.
Unless your home is old and your outlets have not been changed, two-pronged outlet designs are a thing of the past. If your home still has them, you should have them changed out immediately.
While they still might work well enough to keep around, two-pronged designs do not support most modern electrical appliances. Spending money on adapters is a waste. A lot of electric equipment these days requires three-pronged electrical outlets to function properly.
So if your home is still using outdated outlets, it’s time to upgrade.
Call an Experienced Electrical Company to Replace Your Electrical Outlets
All Suburban Electric offers a wide variety of electrical services, including electrical outlet and switch movement, addition, and upgrades for every room in your home, from the kitchen to the garage.
Contact us today to fix your damaged or outdated electrical outlet.