Have you ever felt that your electrical outlet is warm during a certain time of the day? If so, you often neglect to perform routine safety checks around the home. One of the most important things for ensuring safety for your home is feeling your outlets or switches to see if they are warm. If you feel they are warm, then you should contact a professional and licensed electrician for help.
A warm outlet does not mean you have an emergency electrical failure or fire hazard, but it means you should start to pay attention to the things that are happening behind the wall. There are several causes why a switch or outlet is warm.
1. Too many plugs in one outlet
When you have too many plugs in one outlet or power strip, they might be drawing too much energy. So you need to unplug a few plugs in order for the outlet to cool down.
2. Broken Infrastructure
If you see the parts of a switch or plug are broken, you should hire an electrician to replace the entire thing and check the larger system to see if there are any further damages.
3. Damaged Wiring
Loose wiring or terminals inside an outlet will automatically generate extra heat because electricity is flowing inside. It should be addressed immediately by an electrician.
4. Too Much Demand on the Circuit
When the outlet is warm, you might have an excessive amount of current flowing to an outlet. If that is the case, you need to wire the circuits so not all plugs are using the same circuit. Call a professional electrician for help.
Contact Morrill Electric Today
Contact Morrill Electric today if you feel that your outlets or switches are warm. We offer a free, no obligation estimate for your home. We are proud to serve Salisbury, Newburyport, and other cities in Greater Amesbury.