When to Upgrade Your Electrical Outlets
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, household electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
Many of these fires can be prevented if people pay more attention to their home’s electrical system and the tell-tale signs of problems, especially with their outlets.
Knowing the signs that you need outlet replacement can save you, your family, and your home from tragedy.
Does your outlet emit sparks when you plug in a device? It could be a rapid draw on the available power, which is like a mini jolt of static electricity, and relatively harmless. However, it could be a short circuit caused by exposed wires, which can cause a fire.
If you experience the phenomenon, call a certified electrician to determine the cause as soon as possible.
Too Many Extension Cords or Power Strips
Do you rely on extension cords and power strips because you don’t have enough outlets? If you draw too much power from one outlet, it can trip the breaker, damage the outlet, or lead to a fire.
Extension cords are only for short-term use, so if you’re relying on them for day-to-day usage, call an electrician to discuss adding more outlets.
If you plug in a lamp to an outlet and the bulb dims or flickers when the microwave or dishwasher kicks on, it means the outlets aren’t compatible with the amount of charge you’re putting on them.
Call a professional electrician to determine if you need to upgrade your outlets or put your appliances on another circuit.
You Don’t Have GFCI Outlets
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are safety devices used to protect people from electrical shock in areas where water is near electricity, like the bathroom or the basement.
These outlets sense when a ground fault occurs and instantly shut off the power to protect you. The National Electric Code requires GFCI outlets in all kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and outdoor locations.
So, if you don’t have GFCI outlets in these areas, call an electrical contractor; it could save your or a loved one’s life.
When only the best will do, call Grand Canyon Home Services in Goodyear for expert electrical repairs at 623-777-4779.