In today’s modern age, we depend on electricity for just about anything, from watching TV to running the fridge and warming food in the microwave. But you can’t use electricity without electrical outlets. When you have broken or outdated electrical outlets, for example, you need to call on a licensed electrician for any outlet repairs or upgrades.
At Edison Electric, Inc., our outlet repair and installation specialists are skilled at diagnosing and fixing all types of electrical equipment. Whether you’re worried about a defaced outlet or you have a faulty switch, our experts can provide you with the most effective solution.
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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Electrical Outlets
Damaged and outdated electrical outlets are dangerous and need to be replaced right away. Here’s how to tell it’s time to replace the outlets in your home.
- Your outlets are discolored: This is a sign that your outlets have been damaged, improperly installed, or burned and need to be replaced.
- Cords fall out or come unplugged from the outlet: When plugs fall out regularly, that points to worn-out outlets that are not creating solid connections and need replacing. It may seem like a minor issue, but it can be a potential fire hazard.
- Your outlets have two prongs: Two-prong outlets are not only outdated but also ungrounded. They may be unable to keep up with your power demands and pose a greater risk for fire hazards and shocks. You can count on our electricians to help you switch out your outlets for three prongs.
How Does a GFCI Receptacle Work?
A GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlet constantly monitors the electricity flowing in a circuit. Once it detects a mismatch between incoming and outgoing current, it trips or shuts off the circuit. GFCIs can help prevent electrocution as well as wiring and receptacles from overheating and possible fire. They’re usually installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water, such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
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How Do AFCI Outlets Work?
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) monitors the current flowing throughout the wiring system. AFCI outlets use detection systems to distinguish between normal and unwanted arcing, tripping the circuit in the latter case. An arc fault is dangerous sparking that occurs due to corroded, loose, or damaged wiring systems.