Electrician Tips – How To Troubleshoot Worn Electrical Outlets

electricianDon’t you just find it annoying whenever you need to quickly insert a plug into an electrical outlet and it just won’t stay in? When your electrical outlet no longer holds plugs in place, it is an indicator of significant wear. You will need to hire an electrician to fix the issue. If you are using dated electrical outlets in your home, it’s also a perfect time to consider upgrades. GFCIs, AFCIs, and other options are available. Most electrical outlets nowadays are built with safety features that did not exist a few decades ago.

Here’s what could go wrong with your old electrical outlets:

A lot of people tend to look for alternatives if a number of electrical outlets are not working at the same time. Most people will use extension cords to bypass the problem. However, using extension cords isn’t a permanent solution. If you ask your local electrician Wilmington, they would tell you that extension cords are not for prolonged use. Not all of them are made the same. Some are intended for heavy usage while others are only for light use. However, not all people are aware of this distinction. The better solution is to have the faulty electrical outlet fixed immediately. This is to restore the convenience that the outlet offered when it was still functioning properly.

The options you have

The first option is to use extension cords. However, these are not to be used as replacements for actual electrical wiring. Bear in mind that they are to be used for light applications only unless specified. The second option is to have the electrical outlet fixed. The electrician could repair the existing outlet or replace it with a new one. It’s worth mentioning that upgrading to newer electrical outlets is the better option. Typically, electrical outlets last for a very long time before you need to have them replaced. That’s why upgrading will be your best option.

Available upgrades

USB outlets

In today’s day and age, almost every electronic gadget you could own can be powered by a USB charging cord. However, it’s not convenient to bring a charger all the time. Installing electrical outlets that come with USB ports for charging is much better.

Smart outlets

Smart outlets are just as they are called. They have features that none of the conventional outlets have. The outlet connects to an app which let you control the electricity for every appliance of gadget you plug in.

GFCI outlets

GFCIs or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are used to protect the user from electrical shocks. If you’ve ever been electrocuted, you’d know how awful the experience can be. However, GFCIs can change that. A GFCI will prevent people from electrocution in case the unthinkable happens. Call WHS Electricians LLC to set up GFCIs in your home.

AFCI outlets

An AFCI or arc-fault circuit interrupter outlet provides a different type of protection. AFCIs prevent arcing. Electrical arcs are dangerous and can cause electrical fires.

Are you in need of an electrical professional? WHS Electricians LLC is a reliable electrical company that can provide all of your electrical needs. You may reach us at (910) 408-5448.

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