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What To Do When Your Electrical Outlet Is Warm

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Did you notice that your electrical outlet was warm while plugging in one of your appliances? The power running through them is normally fast and hot, but the outlet itself should not be. If you find one that is, address it immediately.

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1.Unplug everything from your outlet. If you have multiple appliances plugged into your outlet, it’s possible that the circuit is overloaded, meaning it’s carrying more current than it’s designed to handle. This will cause the outlet to overheat if the breaker doesn’t trip.

2.Check the devices plugged in. Some appliances (cell phone chargers, cordless drills, and printers) have an internal transformer that can change the voltage input and cause an outlet to become warm. Wait an hour, and if the outlet doesn’t heat up again, there’s no need for any repairs.

3.Figure out the age of your outlet. If your outlet is old and worn out, there’s a chance it can have loose contacts or the wires may be touching. Instead of blowing a fuse, a bad connection allows for an electrical current to flow through your home, which in turn, can start a fire.

The most important thing to do if your electrical outlet is hot? Find the circuit breaker that controls that outlet and turn it off. Then, call an electrician to check the connections. The outlet may need to be repaired or replaced, but either way, it’s a job for a professional.

If you have run into any problems with your home’s electric,, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

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