Electrical outlets can last a number of decades without needing to be replaced. However, when the time comes when your electrical outlets can no longer hold plugs securely, you might need electrical outlet repair or an upgrade. Either way, a solution is needed. Electrical outlets are perfect examples of electrical components that we use and need every single day. Most of us only give more attention to the outlets when there’s already an issue. It’s designed to be that way but you should also know when to have them repaired or replaced.
Indicators that your electrical outlets are due for repair
Your home was built in the early 1960s
As records show, the National Electric Code has ordered homes built beyond the mid-1960s to have proper grounding. This meant that all electrical outlets needed to have a third prong for grounding. Homes built in the early 1960s and before don’t come with electrical outlets that have a third prong. If you live in such a house, you might need to upgrade your electrical outlets if you haven’t already.
The faceplate has either cracked, broke, or gone completely missing
Every electrical outlet has a faceplate. It is what covered the innards of the electrical outlet where the wiring and other components are housed. Without the faceplate, the user is prone to electrocution. If you notice that your electrical outlet’s faceplate is missing, cracked, or broken, you should have it repaired or replaced immediately. Luckily, replacing the faceplate on an outlet isn’t all that hard. Finding a faceplate is also relatively easy given the abundance of supplies in the market.
Plugs no longer fit snuggly
Electrical outlets can withstand being plugged into several thousand times. However, when the plugs no longer fit snuggly, it’s a clear indicator that an electrical outlet repair North Myrtle Beach, SC or replacement is to be made. When this is the case, the electrical outlet has deteriorated to a point where continued use is no longer viable.
The outlet simply no longer works
There will come a time when the electrical outlet just no longer works. However, you don’t need to worry. You should call an electrician to check out what’s causing the problem. Then, the electrician can determine whether or not the outlet needs to be replaced or if it can still be salvaged.
The outlet is warm to the touch and there are burn indicators
When in use, the electrical outlet should not feel warm. If it does, there must be an issue with the wiring inside the housing. You should call NMB Electrician Pros immediately. The matter is even more urgent when you notice that the faceplate has warped and there are signs of melting and or burning.
Are you having problems with a number of electrical outlets at home? Such issues could become a fire hazard sooner or later. Call NMB Electrician Pros to fix the issue. You may reach us at (843) 491-4489.
NMB Electrician Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582