5 Signs That it is Time to Replace an Outlet

April 18, 2023

the 5 Signs That it is Time to Replace an OutletIf your home is beginning to show its age, it could be time to look at replacing outdated outlets with licensed professionals like Blue Crest Electric. Outlets are an integral part of our homes, providing us with the power and access that we need for so many things each day. It is important to ensure that all of the outlets in your home are up to date and in good condition to avoid any potential dangers or problems from occurring down the line. So how can you tell when it’s the right time? Here are 5 signs that it is time to replace an outlet.

Here is some information about outdated wiring and its hazards.

1. The Outlet is Hot to the Touch

One of the most obvious signs that an outlet needs to be replaced is that it is hot to the touch. If you notice that an outlet is warm or hot when you touch it, this is a sign that there may be an issue with the wiring. If you come across a hot outlet, it is important to have it inspected by a professional as soon as possible, as it could be a fire hazard.

2. The Outlet is Cracked or Damaged

Another sign that an outlet needs to be replaced is that it is cracked or damaged in any way. If you see that the faceplate of an outlet is cracked, this is a sign that the wiring behind it may also be damaged. Additionally, if an outlet feels loose when you plug something into it, this is another sign that it needs to be replaced.

3. The Outlet Is Discoloured

If an outlet is discoloured, this is another sign that it needs to be replaced. An outlet should be a bright white colour, so if you notice that it has started to turn yellow or brown, there could be a problem with the wiring. Additionally, if you see any black soot around an outlet, this means that there has been an electrical fire and that the outlet needs to be replaced immediately.

Learn here how to prevent a house fire.

5 Signs That it is Time to Replace an Outlet

4. The Outlet Sparks When You Plug Something In

If you see sparks coming from an outlet when you plug something in, this is a major sign that it needs to be replaced immediately. This means that there is a serious problem with the wiring, and it could cause an electrical fire. If you see sparks coming from an outlet, do not try to fix it yourself—call a professional immediately!

5. The Outlet Does Not Work Properly

If an outlet does not work properly, this could mean that there is a problem with the wiring. When you plug something into an outlet and it does not work, make sure to check the circuit breaker and reset it if necessary. If the outlet still does not work after resetting the circuit breaker, then it needs to be replaced. Supposing that the problem is the wiring underneath the outlet, it might not show immediately and could be a fire hazard.

If you think your home outlets need to be replaced, get in touch with the licensed electricians from Blue Crest Electric by filling out our online contact form.

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