5 Signs You Need to Replace Outlets & Switches in Boca Raton

Posted On: February 7, 2016

When was the last time you checked the outlets and switches in your Boca Raton home? Do you know if they are up to code and safe? Learn the five signs you need to replace the outlets and switches in your home and if you think it’s time, give the professionals at Reliable Electrical Services a call.

1. Heat
Regardless of whether you have an alarm clock or a toaster plugged into your outlet or switch, neither should be hot because of the appliance you’ve plugged in. Occasionally, switches might feel warm because electricity is warm and passing through it, but a hot outlet is a sign that something is wrong. Bad wiring can cause outlets and switches to head up even when nothing is plugged in.

2. Tripped Breakers and Blown Fuses
Some items, like hair dryers and space heaters, use a lot of electricity. Sometimes you can’t use the two on the same outlet at the same time without blowing a fuse or tripping a circuit. It’s time so consider upgrading or replacing your Boca Raton home’s outlets and switches if you find that certain fuses blow on a regular basis even with low energy using devices. Your circuit could be overloaded, damaged or badly connected to the outlet.

3. Buzzing Noise
When the faceplate of an outlet doesn’t firmly hold a plug’s prongs in place it can force current to jump from the outlet to the prongs. This can create a buzzing noise. Bad connections between the circuit and the outlet or switch can result in a buzzing sound as well. Jumping current is serious fire hazard one that can endanger your family and the cause potential danger to your Boca Raton home. Be sure if you hear buzzing to contact an experienced, licensed electrician, like those at Reliable Electrical Services.

4. Incorrect Outlets
Water conducts electricity which makes it particularly important that your Boca Rotan home have the correct outlets in high water use areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are designed to trip at outlet when the electric current flows unevenly in the unit. When water gets into outlets it causes electric current to leave the outlet without returning it. A GFCI will trip when it detects this occurring. Many older homes in Boca Raton only have traditional outlets in their kitchens and bathrooms.

5. Worn out or out of date.
Like all components in a home light switches and outlets also fall victim to use and time. Newer outlets and switches can offer your Boca Raton modern upgrades like USB ports and dimmers as well as energy efficiency. Plus, replacing your outlets and switches is one of the quicker, easier and lower cost improvements you can make to your home if you are considering putting your Boca Raton home on the market.