How To Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Electrical Outlets?

Jun 3, 2022 | Dayton, Electrical, Electrical Repairs, Ohio, Residential Electric, Tips & Tricks

Although we use our electrical outlets daily, they can often be overlooked if they’re starting to wear out. Electrical outlets typically last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, so if they’re getting high in age, keep an eye on them because they can increase the risks of fire, shocks, and burns. It can be hard to determine when electrical outlets need to be replaced if you’re not an electrician. Thankfully our team of experts at Five Star Dayton Electrical provides a few points to look out for and when it’s time to call up an electrician to replace your residential electrical outlets. 

Are Your Electrical Outlets Functioning Properly?

Even though it may seem obvious your residential electrical outlets are not working; if they are not powering any devices when plugged in, it may be time to replace your outlets. Be sure to confirm that other electrical outlets in the same room are working correctly, and if there is still no power, check if there was a trip in your breaker. Sometimes, if too many devices are plugged into the same outlet, it can use too much power and trip your breaker. If that is not the case, it may be time to give your local electrical contractor a phone call. 

Do Plugs Fall Out Of Your Electrical Outlets Easily?

One of the most inconvenient things is a plug consistently popping out of a loose outlet. As much of an annoyance they are, it can indicate your electrical outlet is in bad condition. In addition, loose outlets can cause sparking and electrical arcing, so if your plugs keep popping out of a loose outlet, it’s time to replace them. 

Are There Any Damages To Your Outlets?

Electrical outlets can face much damage, whether it is interior or exterior. Look out for cracks or chips in outlet covers, burn marks, and melting outlet covers or plugs for electrical outlet damages. If there are cracks or chips in your outlet covers, your outlets are now exposed to dirt, dust, and other debris building up inside the outlet. In addition, burn marks or melting outlets and plugs can be significant warning signs of short-circuiting and sparking, which can cause damage and even a fire in your home. Keep it safe with your electrical outlets by checking in on them regularly, replacing outlet covers when cracked or chipped, and calling an electrician if you see any damage to your electrical outlets.  

Keeping an eye out on your home electrical outlets and replacing them as needed can help tremendously avoid surprise electrical issues and damages. If you need new electrical outlets installed in your home, the electricians at Five Star Dayton Electrical got you covered! Call us today at (844) 397-4664, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!