If your home is full of discolored or damaged outlets and covers, it’s time to address the problem and get professional electrical services. At Cool Hand Electric, we offer electrical outlet installation, practical skills, maintenance, and other electrical services for homeowners in Mansfield, TX.
Learn more about our services below, or call us today at (469) 550-1102 to schedule an appointment.
Noticeable cracks and chips in your outlet’s cover plate require attention from a qualified electrician. When there are noticeable cracks in the cover plate, you risk exposing you and your loved ones to hazardous hot wires. The outlet plate is there to protect you from this surge of electricity, so getting a timely replacement is of the highest priority.
If your home has older electric components, it may not be up to code. Every home requires a ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI outlet near areas that contain water. For example, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are areas where GFCI outlets are necessary.
These outlets automatically stop electricity from flowing to prevent electrical shock injury due to water being near the outlet. If your GFCI is not working the right way, or you do not have any installed, it’s critical you hire Cool Hand Electric to handle a GFCI outlet installation for a safe and up-to-code home.
Other homes may require something called an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter, or AFCI. Only a qualified electrician can determine which is best suited for your home to maintain optimal electrical safety.
If you notice a two-prong outlet across your entire home, then it’s time for a refresh. A two-prong outlet is considered a safety hazard because these outlets do not contain a ground wire. When the wiring is ungrounded, it can create hazardous situations with electrical shock. Plus, most electronic devices in today’s day and age require three prongs.
When fixing a two-prong outlet, an electrician rewires the electrical box and circuit breaker before adding a new ground wire and three-prong outlet for maximum safety.
Discolored outlet covers, outlets, and areas around the outlet may indicate heat is accumulating near this outlet. If you notice increased yellowing, gray marks, or any shade of discoloration near an outlet, it’s a sign your wiring may be overheating or short-circuiting, requiring immediate professional attention.
Any noises or smoke coming from your current outlets is a clear sign your home requires electrical work and new electrical outlet installation. Sparks and smoke are the first signs of a fire, and if your electrical work or wiring starts on fire, it can cause devastating damage. Always call in professional attention to turn off the power and inspect your outlets at the first sign of smoke.
If you notice your outlets feel warmer than usual, it may signal your wiring is faulty. Faulty wiring can lead to loose hot or neutral wires, either of which can create damage inside your walls or start fires.