About Switch/Outlet Repair and Installation
Outlets and switches are critical interfaces you rely on to access and control your electricity everyday. Many homeowners don’t realize exactly how powerful or potentially hazardous they are. Indeed, the power that we tap into to light, heat, power appliances, and keep our homes safe can be dangerous, when it isn’t properly maintained.
Switch/Outlet Repair and Installation FAQs
With time and use, these connections can become loose, creating potential hazards. Here are a few tips concerning the potential hazards associated with your switches and outlets.
- Check to make sure outlets and switch plates are not unusually hot to the touch. If they are, immediately unplug cords from these outlets and do not use the switches.
- Have a qualified electrician check the wiring as soon as possible. An inspection by a certified electrician can help you determine the extent of the issues or dangers facing your home. Our technicians can help you navigate through the options to update your wiring and reduce the danger of electrical fire.
- Look for discoloration as another indication of potentially dangerous heat buildup at these connectors.
- Check that all outlet and switch cover plates are in good condition so that no wiring is exposed. Replace any missing, cracked or broken cover plates.
- Be sure to use safety caps with unused outlets.
- If you live in a home built before 1980, you should get an inspection to determine the safety of your system. Older homes used substandard wiring technology that presents higher fire dangers. Such systems should be updated as soon as possible.
In any event, Elcon Electric has you covered. Our experienced technicians are ready to inspect your wiring, outlets, and switches and swiftly provide solutions and comprehensive work plans. The danger of poorly maintained or corroded switches and outlets can’t be put off, so let us help make your home safer than ever with modern, secure wiring.
GFCI outlets should be placed in areas that are near water that require energy.
When there is a difference in input and output current there could be a leakage somewhere. If this is detected, the GFCI cuts the power. This is done so the user does not get shocked.
When a “hot” wire touches the ground wire, a ground fault results. This causes the circuit breaker to blow or trip.
Switch/Outlet Repair and Installation Reviews
My pool light started to work intermittently over the last week and living in Florida we all hear the horror stories of children getting electrocuted from miswired pools lamps. So I immediately shut off the breakers and came to Angie’s List to see if I could find a company to come out and take a look over everything. As a parent with 2 kids I didn’t want to take chance. A few factors were involved with picking Elcon Electric. One is their AL ratings and they had a coupon of $200 for 2 hours and that seemed extremely reasonable to me.
After buying the coupon I was contacted within 24 hours via message on Angie’s List by Laurie. I proceeded to contact her via phone and we setup an appointment for the following day. She was extremely friendly and very professional. She gave a 2 hour window for when the electrician, Brad, would arrive – in this case between 2-4pm.
Brad showed up just a little before 4pm. Just as he was pulling in I even received a call from Laurie letting me know he was running a little late but he would be there. Perfect timing.
I proceeded to show Brad the mess of old boxes and useless timers on the side of the house and explained to him the issue with the light. I had already pulled the light out and took it up to the pool store so I know it wasn’t an issue with the light itself and more with the wiring or the photo sensor.
He opened up the transformer box that was running to the pool light and sure enough it was a complete mess. A wire nut had melted off along with a few wires that had melted together. No good. Within an hour Brad had rewired the transformer box and switches so it could be safely used again.
After that he proceeded to remove all the old original timer boxes and stepdown transformer boxes that weren’t doing anything but rusting on the side of the house. These boxes were close to 40 years old and really for my own piece of mind they needed to go. Our sprinkler timer box was not properly grounded and he went ahead and fixed that as well. When we had our sprinkler pump repaired we were “informed of the issue” rather than them taking the effort to fix it. Another thing off the list.
After that I jumped back in the pool with the lamp and went ahead and fished the wire to Brad and proceeded to rewire the lamp to the conduit. After some testing the pool light worked and we were good to go.
Brad gave me some suggestions but never pushed up-selling. He was able to get done exactly what I needed to get done in the time I paid for and was extremely informative answering some other questions that didn’t pertain to the issues at hand. He was extremely helpful, professional, and very down to earth.
All in all I’m not very knowledgeable with electrical, it’s not my forte. But I do feel I made the correct choice in choosing a company and would recommend Elcon Electric to others. Thank you much!”