How to Troubleshoot Your Electrical Outlet
December 28, 2021
Do you enjoy do-it-yourself projects and fixing things without consulting a professional? While this is a great hobby and may save you money, it can also be dangerous and the mistakes could be more costly than you initially planned. At HomeOps Electric, we understand the urgency of electrical care in your home and we prioritize our customers’ safety. We’ve put together a list of a few of the electrical mistakes we’ve seen with DIY attempts. If you’ve recently attempted to complete electrical work yourself and would like a safety inspection or if you’d like to learn more about our selection of electrical services at HomeOps Electric, give us a call or schedule online with just the click of a button.
Loose Switches and Outlets
If an outlet doesn’t provide enough support for your plug, if it is wiggly and moves out of place, it is dangerous and can pose a fire hazard. All plugs should fit snugly into the outlets without any movement. The same goes for light switches in your home. If these are loose and wiggly, it can look bad but also means that the wiring is not stable and could cause a fire if agitated. This is a common mistake we see in many DIY projects as the hardware is not installed properly. Fire and smoke can begin to come out of the outlet, quickly growing behind the walls and out of control. If you notice loose or wiggly outlets and switches, get in touch with our team at HomeOps Electric to take a look.
Forgetting to Install a Ground Wire
Properly installing a ground wire can greatly reduce the chances of a fire or electrical malfunction. If you’ve replaced your two-slot outlets with three-slot outlets, it is important to remember the ground wire. A ground wire carries any excess electricity away from the outlet and can help to reduce your risk of electrical shock. If you’ve recently updated or replaced your electrical outlets but would like an inspection, get in touch with our team at HomeOps Electric. We’re available any time and any day for a wide array of electrical services.
Installing Too Many Wires on One Circuit
Another common DIY electrical mistake is installing too many wires on one circuit. When there is too much electricity flowing through the wires, it can trigger the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker stops operating properly, it can lead to permanent failure, damage, or even fire. In order to prevent such irreversible damages, it may be a good idea to get in touch with your local electrician at HomeOps Electric. We’re happy to provide a safety inspection if you’re unsure of the safety of your electrical wiring. Give us a call or schedule any one of our services online today!
Scheduling Electrical Services
At HomeOps Electric, we value your safety and satisfaction. That’s why our electricians are available around the clock, every day of the year, even on weekends and holidays. We will be by your side when you need us most. If you’re looking for reliable electrical services, give us a call or schedule with our team today!