Why it matters.
One of the most neglected issues in the home is the age of the devices throughout. If we have an outlet that isn’t working, we often simply plug into another and don’t give it a second thought. This is could be the telltale sign of a much larger problem. The plugs and switches in a home are often installed at the same time. As a home gets older, the functionality can begin to fade as switches require a little wiggling to work or outlets don’t retain a cord plugged into them. The devices in the home are interconnected and what started as a minor nuisance, may eventually turn into loosing power in various spots throughout the home.
Something as simple as age and wear may be the cause of non-functioning switches and plugs. A device that gets turned on and off with great regularity or an outlet that is used often will become inoperable. As a device begins to age, the connection of the rest of the circuit may become compromised. If these things begin to happen, it becomes important for the homeowner to contact a qualified electrician to address the issue.
What can you do?
We encourage all homeowners to check the retention of their outlets and the functionality of their switches. If a problem seems to be present, it can be as simple as replacing that device. One of the most proactive things that can be done is to replace the devices in the home. This can be a good investment in basic home maintenance and can mitigate any further issues. This also allows the homeowner the opportunity to install devices of their color or specialty devices, such as USB chargers or lighted outlets.