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do your electrical outlets need replaced?

When was the last time you took the time to inspect the electrical outlets in your home? Your outlets should be inspected at least once each year. During these inspections, you will determine if the outlets are in good, safe condition or if they need to be replaced. If the outlets need to be replaced, you have two options - do the work yourself or hire an electrician to do the work for you. This blog can help you determine if the outlets need to be replaced and give you an idea if you are up to the task of replacing them yourself.

Common Symptoms Of Electrical Problems In Your Home That You Should Know

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home is its ability to safely provide electrical service to you and your family. Therefore, when a problem occurs, it can be terrifying because you may not know what is a minor glitch and what could be a major problem. However, if you experience either of the following issues, you should quit using that outlet or appliance immediately and schedule a visit with your electrician. 

#1-Light Bulbs Wear Out Faster Than You Would Expect Or Even Break During Use  

If you notice that the light or lamp in one room seems to go through a lot more bulbs than it should or if you regularly have to sweep up the remains of a light bulb that exploded, it is a good idea to speak with an electrician about the problem as soon as you can. Both problems are indicative of a problem with the flow of electricity. If left untreated, there is the possibility that an electrical fire could eventually develop in addition to the obvious risk of someone being injured by an exploding bulb.  

#2-Appliances That Spark When You Plug Them In

If you notice that an appliance seems to spark when you plug it in, even just one time, it is likely there could be a problem. However, you will need to determine whether the problem is with the electricity or with the item being plugged in. Remember that you should not touch the item you plugged in or you could receive a nasty shock. Instead, turn the plug off somewhere else. If you cannot do so at the wall, disconnect the power source at the circuit breaker. Then remove the item from the outlet. 

To determine what the issue is, try to plug in a cheap item that you know works and see if there is an electrical spark. If it is fine, it could be a problem with the item you plugged in, so carefully place the item that previously sparked in another socket. If it sparks or otherwise behaves abnormally, the item itself is the likely culprit. If neither item indicated an issue, it is still a good idea to err on the side of caution and have an expert inspect the socket. You will rarely see a spark like that unless there is a problem and if you cannot determine the problem on your own, it's not worth the risk to not know why an electrical problem occurred.

In conclusion, the use of electricity in your home is essential to the safety your home provides. As a result, you should always keep an eye out for any of the problems listed above so that you can avoid disasters.

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