Replacing Outlets

Electrifying Reasons to Replace Your Wall Outlets

If you are like many homeowners, there is a good chance that you don’t think about your wall outlets unless you actually have something to plug in. It is also fair to assume that because you aren’t overly concerned about your outlets, there’s a good chance that you are using the same outlets that were originally installed 15, 20, or even more than 25 years ago.

If you are guilty of outlet neglect, then you may need to have those outlets inspected and possibly repaired or replaced. Here are three great reasons to have B&D Electric analyze your home’s electrical outlets.

You Have Cracks in Your Outlets

If your outlets haven’t been changed for many years, there is a chance that cracks may have developed on your outlet plates. This is bad news. Cracks in your plates can create a dust trap that is not easily cleaned. Dust traps can clog your outlets and can invariably result in fire hazards, and you certainly don’t need that.

Repairing and installing new plates is a quick and easy procedure and not only will you be safer, but your outlets and walls will look nicer as well.

Our Outlets are Overheating

Dust traps are not your only concern when it comes to older outlets; you also have to beware of overheating. You can check for overheating by placing your hand against the outlet and feeling the screws holding the plate and the plate itself to see if they feel warm or hot to the touch.

The outlet being overused with machines and equipment that require more power than your older outlets can provide may cause this overheating. If this is the case, it may mean that it is time to update your outlets, which leads to our final point.

There is New Technology Out There

If it has been a while since you have replaced your outlets, you may be surprised by how outlet technology has improved over the last few years. While the typical three prong outlets are still very much in demand, new outlets have been created that can assist with more modern technology.

For instance, rotating outlets are becoming a very popular because their rotation features allow you to plug in devices with larger plugs such as cell phones, hairdryers, and nightlights. There are also outlets that feature USB accessibility as well. These outlets are ideal for plugging in music players and computer equipment.

Remember it is important to have a professional install your new outlets so you can avoid harming yourself in the process.

B&D Electric has been in the industry for over 18 years, and we pride ourselves on our switch and outlet installation and repair services. If you notice overheating or cracks, or you are just looking to replace those old outlets, call us at 352-472-1966 today.