Have you noticed that some of your home’s outlets tend to get hot, or work intermittently? Do they feel loose, and things plugged into them fall out sometimes? Do you ever notice smoke or a burning smell coming from the outlets? If any of these things apply to you, it’s time to replace your Atlanta home’s electrical outlets! Especially if your outlets are throwing sparks or are smoking, stop using them now and call an electrician right away to check the wiring in your Atlanta home.

Outlets are the main interface where most people interact with their home’s electrical system. After all, this is where we plug in our appliances like refrigerators, TVs, and coffee makers, along with where we charge our phones and other devices. Outlets need to carry electrical energy in a safe way, and sometimes it is the outlet itself that is faulty. If this is the case, it’s a great idea to hire a local electrician to check your wiring and replace your Atlanta home’s electrical outlets. This can give you priceless peace of mind.

While most homeowners can replace an outlet wall plate on their own, it’s vital that you not attempt to DIY a full outlet replacement. This can be a very dangerous job, and put you at risk for electrocution, as well as put your home at risk for fire. A qualified electrician can safely and accurately check wiring in your Atlanta home for proper power, make sure your outlets are grounded, and identify the areas of concern. Plus, an electrician can point out the correct wire gauge, amperage, and size of the outlet receptacle.

There are a few types of outlets that may need replacing, depending on your situation. In fact, there are over a dozen different outlet configurations. Most residential homes have 15A 120V standard outlets inside and may have a 240V outlet for large appliances. Industrial and commercial facilities have many others, often with higher power outputs. An electrician can tell you which are most appropriate for your needs and the setup of your property. They can also install specialty outlets like “smart” outlets or USB outlets for your convenience.

Want to learn more about replacing your Atlanta home’s electrical outlets, and how this can keep your space as safe and efficient as possible? Reach out to the best electrician throughout Atlanta, Knoxville, and Charleston- that’s Pat Murphy Electric!