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How to Install a USB Outlet
Jun 10, 2022

How to Install a USB Outlet

Modern devices are increasingly dependent on USB chargers; most homeowners are taking a proactive approach and learning how to install a USB outlet. This has resulted in a shift from regular wall outlets to outlets that have USB ports, and that's where we come in as your go-to electrical outlet replacement company. HomeOps Electric can have an electrician at your premises to assess the state of your electrical system before proceeding with the installation of USB outlets. These modern outlets provide enhanced convenience and a range of benefits, and we can ensure you install a USB wall outlet without risking electrical hazards such as electrocution or fires.

Benefits of Installing a USB Outlet

At HomeOps Electric, we believe in streamlining and simplifying processes in your household to enhance productivity and reduce stress for you and your loved ones. One of the reasons why USB wall outlets are popular is that you no longer have to carry bulky chargers that usually take up all the wall outlets. Although it doesn't seem like much, a USB wall outlet can make life easier without compromising your safety.

Multiple household members can charge and use a USB outlet simultaneously and enjoy faster charging compared to a traditional USB outlet on a laptop or desktop. It also enhances the aesthetics of your wall outlets by making them less congested. Here are steps to install a USB outlet safely, without damaging your system or risking your safety.

Installing a USB Outlet

Before starting the installation process, you must ensure you have the proper tools for the job. These tools include a voltage tester, a New USB outlet wall receptacle, cover, wire cutters, Philips and flat head screwdrivers, cordless drill, and needle-nose pliers. Once you've gathered all the tools needed for the project and the power to the outlet is off, you can remove the original outlet cover with a flathead screwdriver.

Remove the receptacle from the wall by unscrewing one screw at the top and another at the bottom. After the receptacle is detached, use the Philips screwdriver to disconnect the wires, a total of five. This can be confusing for an untrained person, so we recommend hiring a certified electrician if you lack the tools or knowledge to disconnect the wires carefully.

The wires usually appear bent, and a needle-nose is used to straighten them for easy installation. Begin connecting the wires to your new USB receptacle, usually labeled where every wire should go. Ensure every wire is connected correctly before tightening each connection with a screwdriver. Put the receptacle and wires back in the wall box and screw the receptacle.

Lastly, attach the USB outlet wall plate using a flat head screwdriver, and turn on the outlet's circuit breaker to see if it is charging your device. If there's no current reaching the device, you need to onboard an electrician for professional help. Contact us today at HomeOps Electric, and schedule an appointment with our representative. We guarantee quality electrical service and maintenance at a competitive market price.

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