Is electrical outlet repair a DIY job?

Q: How many Seahawks does it take to change a light bulb?
One, but it never gets done. They just hold the bulb up and wait for the world to revolve around them.

With the exception of changing a light bulb, most electrical jobs involve wiring. And no electrical wiring job – including electrical outlet repair – is DIY (do-it-yourself).

Signs You Need Electrical Outlet Repair

An electrical outlet is the wall receptacle that connects an electrical device plug to the electricity supply. They can be installed in floors and ceilings but are usually installed in walls.

There are different types of electrical outlets. Travelers often need adapters to convert the voltage in European outlets to accommodate U.S. electrical devices.

8 Signs you need electrical outlet repair include:

  1. Cracks/chips – Cracks in or chipped areas on the faceplate or outlet are more than cosmetic. Dust and dirt can build-up behind the faceplate and, like kindling, spark a fire.
  2. It isn’t working – Make sure the other room outlets work, then call your local electrician.
  3. Loose plugs – If your electronic plug-ins fall out of the outlet frequently, it’s time to replace those outlets.
  4. Power surges – If your device flickers on-and-off after you plug-in, your outlet could be “overpowered.” It shouldn’t be. It’s either damaged, outdated, worn-out, or all three.
  5. Scorching/melting – Burn marks or signs of melting plastic on the faceplate, the outlets, or the wall are major red flags. Contact your Phoenix- or Scottsdale-area electrician immediately.
  6. Smoke/sparks – If you see smoke or sparks near an outlet, call your electrician right away.
  7. Two-prong holes – If your electrical outlet has only 2 holes, it’s not just old; it’s not grounded. Replace those outdated outlets as soon as possible.
  8. Warmth/heat – If an outlet feels warm, you may have damaged or frayed wiring. In new homes, this indicates the wiring was improperly installed. Contact a licensed, bonded electrician asap.

When you believe electrical outlet repair is needed, you must contact a professional electrician. Some electrical outlet repair situations require immediate attention, but all of them are dangerous. Don’t delay.

Why You Need a Licensed Electrician for Electrical Outlet Repair

First, there’s really no such thing as “electrical outlet repair.” If you have problems, you need an electrical outlet replacement, not a repair.

Almost everyone understands DIY electrical wiring is risky at best. You risk damaging your property. You also risk serious injury and even death. It’s not worth the risk.

What many people don’t know is if you DIY an electrical project and later a fire or other damages occur that can be traced to that job, your insurance company can deny coverage. You need to be able to prove a licensed, insured, and bonded electrician did the work.

TIO Electric: Solutions for Maricopa County

Turn It On Electric inspects and replaces commercial and residential property outlets for Phoenix, Scottsdale, and nearby neighborhoods. In addition to being licensed and bonded professionals, we are also LEED-certified. This means we will offer sustainable, energy-saving options that will save money and increase your property value.

We recommend GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets for every property. If there’s a problem with the electrical flow, GFCI outlets shut off. If you have GFCI outlets but your home is older than 10 years, it may be time to replace them.

Our company believes in safety first. For our friends and neighbors with small children and grandchildren, we recommend tamper-resistant outlets.

Let’s plan this year’s electrical upgrade project before electrical emergency service is needed. Contact TIO Electric for a free consultation.

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