You only need to type a few words into a search engine to pull up numerous DIY guides for repairing and replacing electrical lighting outlets in your home. Just grab a screwdriver, pliers, and wire cutters and you’re set.
But hold on—do you really know what you’re doing? These DIY guides can be notoriously sketchy, and some depend on you knowing far more about electrical repair than you probably do. Because of the risk of electrical shock and bad wiring that can lead to fires, you should leave the outlet repairs to trained electricians. Outlet shorts and faults are a common cause for household fires (the Electrical Safety Foundation estimates electrical troubles account for 55,000 fires a year), so you should never take such chances.
It’s easy to find help for your lighting outlet repairs: call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We offer full electrical services and electrical repair in Everett, WA that can safely handle whatever work you need done for your home.
3 Repair Issues for Lighting Outlets That We Often See
- Miswired polarity: Your outlets have slots of two different sizes. One is the “hot” side, and the other is the “neutral” side. If an outlet is miswired so the two sides are swapped, it will cause the socket or bulbs connected to it to give off electrical shocks. You will need to have an electrician re-wire the socket to avoid this problem.
- Overloaded outlet: If you encounter an outlet that is hot to the touch, don’t ignore it. This is usually a sign that the outlet is overloaded—you may be making excessive demands on the outlet that it cannot meet, or the outlet is too old to handle all the devices plugged into it. This could cause a fire, so unplug everything from the outlet and call for an electrician.
- Shorted-out electrical outlet: If you see discoloration or charring on an outlet, or hear sizzling sounds from it, there is a short-circuit issue in the outlet due to a wiring problem. It could be frayed wires, loose screws, or loose connections which caused an arc short and an increase in temperature. Don’t use the outlet! Call for electricians to look into the wiring and identify what went wrong.
We cannot stress enough how important it is that you hire only licensed professional electricians to take on your repairs for lighting outlets. Put away the tool kit and the wire-crimpers, and instead pick up the phone and call us at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Electrical repair in Everett, WA is our business.