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4 Reasons You Must Update Old Outlets in Your Home

Are your electrical outlets putting your home at risk? Here are some sure-fire signs it’s time to call in your Calgary electrician to replace your outdated outlets. 

Are your electrical outlets putting your home at risk? Here are some sure-fire signs it’s time to call in your Calgary electrician to replace your outdated outlets. 

Old and outdated outlets are more than just an eyesore in your home. Even if you aren’t aware of the problem, they could be putting your home at significant risk and understanding this is a crucial part of keeping your property and loved ones safe.

Some of the problems that old outlets can cause include:

  • outlet and wire degradation
  • outlets that can’t provide enough electricity for the demand of your current tech
  • flickering lights
  • inconsistent power

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4 Signs You Need to Upgrade The Outlets In Your Home

Now that you are aware why outdated outlets can be a serious problem for your home, how can you be sure that you need an upgrade? Here are some of the most obvious signs that you need to call in an electrician for an upgrade:

  • Your outlets are sparking up or getting hot. This is a serious problem and means you need an upgrade right away. A sparking or hot outlet can quickly turn into a home fire, so you must call your local electrician immediately.

  • Cracked outlet covers. Cracked outlet covers are more than just an aesthetic issue. Such cracks will allow dust and debris to enter your electrical systems and cause some serious damage. In addition to changing your covers, make sure to have the outlets inspected to ensure they don’t need to be replaced.

  • Flickering lights. If the lights that are plugged into the outlet are flickering, this may be a sign that your outlet can’t keep up with the demand and must be replaced.

  • You have two-pronged outlets. Two-pronged outlets mean that your outlets aren’t grounded. This isn’t safe so you should have them replaced to protect your family.

If you are noticing one or more of these above problems, then it’s time to call your Calgary electrician for an inspection and advice.

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Are You Adding Major Appliances To Your Home? How This Affects Your Outlets

In addition to the above problems, you may require new or upgraded outlets if you are adding or upgrading the appliances in your home. Some appliances that may require new outlets include:

  • Microwaves. Older homes may not have enough power for a modern microwave and if it is connected to the wiring for the exhaust fan, you may have a huge fire risk in your kitchen. Call an electrician to have a new outlet wired for the microwave.

  • Portable air conditioner. A window unit takes quite a bit of power so it’s important to ensure you have the right power supply. If you find your portable AC keeps tripping your breakers, then it may require a new outlet.

  • Washer/Dryer: Some washers and dryers require a special 4-wire circuit so make sure you have an updated circuit to run this appliance.

  • Computers: Make sure you have enough power and a dedicated outlet for your computer so you aren’t at risk of blowing a fuse when someone turns on the blow dryer or vacuum while you’re working.


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