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Electrical Outlets in Bellevue WA
Electrical outlets are something you use every day for phone charging, hair drying, and preparing food. In fact, we use them so often that we tend to neglect them. If you have children, you’ll add safety covers and that’s it.
However, once the outlets aren’t working or start behaving strangely, that’s when all people start thinking about them.
We’re at your service if you need electrical outlet installation or outlet replacement. When you hire us, we’ll first inspect what exactly the problem is and then work out a solution with you. We can help with everything from minor fixes to the replacement of all the power outlets in your home or commercial building.
Upgrading To GFCI Outlets
GFCI outlets are the best power outlets you can install in your kitchen or bathroom because these two rooms are where electrical appliances are used the most. GFCI outlets contain a component designed to prevent electrical shock.
Unlike standard outlets, GFCI outlets monitor the current traveling from the appliance to the outlet. If a minor change in electrical current is detected, even something small like a 5mA difference, a GFCI outlet automatically cuts power to the appliance. This is really important because even small changes in the electrical current indicate the occurrence of a ground fault. These outlets also have a reset button to restore current flow.
If you want to upgrade to GFCI outlets, we’re here to help.
Signs Your Outlets Need Update/Replacement
The following signs indicate that something’s wrong with your outlets:
- The outlet isn’t working
- Burn marks or melting
- Plugs fall out easily
- Outlet Feels Hot to the Touch
- You Smell Smoke or See a Spark
- Outlets Are Not Grounded (house build in the 1960s/no GFCI outlets)
- Flickering Power
Smoke and sparks are a clear indicator that something’s not right with the outlet. However, when it comes to the other indicators that something’s wrong, many people tend to ignore them.
Burn marks, melting, and occasional power flickering don’t represent a warning sign for some people and they continue to use the outlet.
What’s more, some people don’t know that their outlets are not grounded. In case your home was built before 1965, you may still have an old 2-prong outlet. If you don’t know when the house was built or if any electrical work was done prior to you moving in, you should inform yourself about it.
We’re here to help you if you need outlet installation and outlet replacement. We can also help determine if you still have 2-prong outlets in your home. If that’s the case we’ll definitely recommend switching to GFCI outlets.