3 Signs It's Time To Replace Your Electrical Outlets

3 Signs It's Time To Replace Your Electrical Outlets

March 22, 2023

Electrical outlets rarely get the attention they deserve, resulting in severe damages and costly repairs. However, scheduling regular maintenance with a trusted electrician ensures wires don’t spark when you plug in appliances. The last thing you want is a fire hazard after turning on an electrical appliance in your house. If you want to prevent electrical accidents like fire hazards and electrocution, Mr. Electric of Dallas can help.

We have expert electricians ready to assess, detect and diagnose electrical issues before things get out of control. Routine inspections by a professional electrician lower the chances of damage by ensuring minor issues are addressed before things get out of hand. Here are the warning signs you need electrical outlet replacement and maintenance.

Warm Electrical Outlet Covers

Electrical switches and outlets should be cool to the touch. However, warm outlets show a connection problem, and the wiring is almost overheating. If you delay repairs, these wires can get hot, causing a short-circuit emergency. When your outlets are warmer than usual, switch off plugged-in appliances. Steer clear of outlets giving off a burning smell and shut them off before a professional electrician arrives and inspects the damage. Although warm outlets are not a significant cause for concern, warm or extremely hot outlets should be assessed by a professional electrician before things get out of hand.

Plugging in Devices Causes Electrocution

Uncontrolled electrical currents cause sudden surges that give off shocks when you plug in a device. The main reason for these surges is damaged wiring, which causes unprotected outlets to electrocute anyone who plugs in a device. The most effective way to prevent such dangerous scenarios is to install GFCI outlets that detect abnormal surges in the current and shut down the electricity before it causes irreversible damage to appliances and injures your loved ones. We recommend equipping electrical outlets with safety covers, so children don’t get electrocuted by touching outlets. Call a professional electrician immediately if you plug in a device and get an electrical shock.

Chipped and Cracked Electrical Outlets

A chipped or cracked electrical outlet leaves exposed wiring inside the walls, allowing water, dust and debris to compromise your system. Call a professional electrician immediately if you notice a damaged outlet in your home. Cracks usually expose the wires, increasing the risk of electrocution, short-circuiting, and fire hazards. Delaying electrical repair and maintenance services can cause sparks near flammable items like rags and furniture.

While minor chipping and outlet damage are not significant causes for concern, if you delay electrical outlet repair and maintenance, you risk the well-being of your loved ones. These three signs can help you contact a professional electrician quickly, preventing severe property damage and subsequent repair costs. Electrical outlets play a significant role in our daily lives, and we can help you make the most of your electrical system. Contact us at Mr. Electric of Dallas and schedule a consultation with our experts to enjoy top-notch electrical outlet replacement, repair and maintenance services.