Electrical outlets, sometimes called receptacles, are in nearly every room we live in. They deliver the electricity to all of the fixtures in the room, providing power for our computers and allowing us to charge our phones. They’re so important to keeping us in sync with our daily routines that it becomes mayhem when there is a power outage or electrical outlet problems. Here are three possible reasons why you may be experiencing problems with an electrical outlet:
An electrical outlet does not contain any moving parts, though they do have contact points made of metal. These contact points have grounded connections that can wear down and loosen over time. Loose contact points mean an increase in electrical resistance, which generates heat within the outlet. This can cause wiring problems and blown out fuses in your electrical panel. The best way to avoid these issues is to replace the electrical outlet at the first sign of loose contact points.
Loose wires at connection points can not only cause abnormal amounts of heat generation, but they also cause sparking and arcing. Arcing creates a fire danger and can often be identified by the burn marks left in the outlet terminals. A home safety inspection from Mister Sparky can identify and repair these issues before they create dangerous situations in your home.
LOW-QUALITY POWER OUTLETS
Installing low-quality power outlets is never a good idea, as the life of power outlets relies heavily on the quality. To be safe, invest in professional grade outlets. These outlets are built to endure heavy usage and a heavy duty contact areas makes them more reliable.
Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections