We use them every day of our lives whether it’s to plug in our blow-dryers every morning to do our hair or our microwaves to heat up last night’s leftovers: electrical outlets are important elements to our everyday lives, so much so that our lives can be thrown into disarray if they stop working. But how do we know appliance outlet repair is needed and, more puzzlingly, how do we troubleshoot the cause of the outlet problem? Our experts at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric give you the lowdown and all-you-need-to-know info on how to know if your electrical outlet needs to be repaired and what to do:
This is the first and most basic sign that your outlet may need repairing. The circuit could be overloaded. Circuit overloading occurs when too many appliances are plugged into one circuit or too much electricity is being drawn for a circuit to handle which leads to it tripping.
This is something to take note of given that a burning smell coming from an electrical appliance outlet could indicate risk of an electrical fire in your home or business. In short – this smell is always a cause for concern and could be caused by a number of things, such as an overloaded circuit as mentioned above, exposed wiring, improper wiring, or wiring which has become damaged over a period of time or obstructed.
Just like a burning smell, blackening around the edges of your outlet indicates it is in need of swift repair. This blackening often means the outlet has burnt out and needs replacing, and is often part and parcel of a burning smell coming from your outlet. An excess buildup of heat often causes burnt out outlets and this, in turn, can be caused by loose wiring or an overloaded circuit. Even more worryingly, it indicates that the outlet is a fire hazard.
Taking the time to check and see if your other electrical outlets are dead is the first step to figuring out precisely where the problem lies. By checking all electrical outlets, you’ll quickly see whether it’s an issue with one outlet or if it is a larger electrical issue that affects all your outlets.
Your next course of action is to check on your circuit breakers for any blown fuses or tripped breakers, but before you head to your circuit breaker panel, make sure all your electrical appliances are unplugged from the outlet. Once you’re at the panel, see if anything is obviously tripped. This will indicate where the problem is. If it’s not immediately obvious, try resetting each breaker.
GFCI outlets are there to protect you thanks to their ability to detect overheating or blown fuses, in which case they shut down from the outlet where the problem lies, which makes the problem quite easy to detect. That said, GFCI outlets can break too and, if your building is old, you may not have one.
If at this point you still haven’t managed to find the source of the problem, it may be time to call in a professional. That’s because the appliance outlet’s problem could be far greater than a simple repair job. There could be leaks in the electrical current or you may have to undergo electrical current testing which can only be done by a professional.
Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric is on hand 24 hours a day for all your electrical services needs with a team of experts who have been helping clients in the greater South Florida area for many years. If you think you need appliance outlet repair, call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric today.
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