Repair and Maintenance for Electrical Outlets and Circuits

It’s very possible that, somewhere in your home, you have a pesky electrical outlet that you are ignoring. You use it for some devices, some of the time, and it hasn’t been a problem. However, your plug wiggles in the socket, or the outlet sparked once before. Maybe it even shocked you, at some point, or it doesn’t always work with your appliances. This outlet endangers your home! Right now, it’s a small, pesky problem. Later, however, this outlet could be the cause of much larger issues. It could even start a house fire.

Electrical Outlets and Circuits in Orlando, Florida

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Electrical Outlets:

Ungrounded Receptacles

If you have only two-pronged outlets in your home, your home may not be grounded. If you have some three-pronged outlets and some two-pronged outlets, you can’t know for sure if your home is grounded or not.

We can test if the two-pronged electrical outlet is, in fact, grounded and then replace it with a three-pronged receptacle for you. Replacing those two-pronged outlets with three-pronged outlets will ensure protection from electrocution. To fix an ungrounded home, we’ll rewire it. If you are not up for that large-scale project, we can run dedicated lines to electronics and appliances.

Discolored or Cracked Electrical Outlet

If your electrical outlet shows signs of discoloration, it may indicate overheated connections. In this case, one of our licensed electricians should inspect the outlet to eliminate a variety of safety concerns. In the end, the outlet will need replacing. If your electrical outlet’s face plate has cracks, you are exposing the loose terminals, which is a definite hazard for anyone using the outlet.

Plugs Keep Falling Out

It happens to us more frequently than not. You go to plug in your phone charger, and the plug slides halfway out of the socket. Over time with the constant motion of unplugging and plugging into our electrical outlets, the spring mechanisms start to give way, causing loose connections.

Loose connections can cause arcing, an electrical fire hazard. When you notice your devices and appliances aren’t fitting tightly into the outlets, it’s time to replace them.

Your Electrical Outlets Are Not Tamper-resistant

For newly built or renovated homes, it’s now mandatory under the NEC (National Electrical Code) to replace electrical outlets with ones that are tamper-resistant. Even if your home isn’t newly built or recently renovated, it’s important to replace your regular electrical outlets with tamper-resistant outlets.

Tamper-resistant receptacles prevent children from electrocuting themselves when inserting foreign objects into the slots. There are “doors” in the slots that remain closed unless there is equal pressure for all slots to open, like when inserting a plug.

Even if you don’t have children living with you, it’s a good idea to have these installed throughout your home by a licensed electrician. Most of us get visitors, family members, friends, etc. with small children. Prevention is key when to avoiding electrical shock for anyone entering your home.

If your outlets are secure and you simply want to add new circuits, we at A-Lumination Electric can help! Our experts optimize the circuits in your home so that you are never wasting power.

Stop worrying about outlets and surges. Call 407-710-9695 for professional help from A-Lumination!

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