Are you running extension cords around your home in order to have a place to plug in a lambs and appliances? Do you reply on power stripes to multiply the number of outlets available from one receptacle? Are your old outlets not securing the plug so they tend to fall out? These are just a few of the signs that new outlets are needed to provide save, reliable power.
Here are a few more reasons to upgrade your outlets:
Two-Prong Outlets – Outlets must be grounded to prevent electric shock. Replace two-prong outlets with 3-prong grounded receptacles.
Damaged Outlets – Outlets that are hot to the touch, buzzing, or have burn marks should be checked by a certified electrician.
Code Requirements – Kitchens, bathrooms, basements are required by the National Electrical Code (NEC) to have GFCI receptacles to prevent accidental electrocution.
Unsafe Outlets – Are there young children in the home? Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) are essential for keeping your family safe.
Convenience Features – USB outlets and smart outlets are two popular electrical upgrades.
Whatever the reason for needing new outlets, you can trust the experienced electricians at MR Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical for professional electrical repair and installation. Adding new wiring and circuits is not a DIY project, and in some cases will require a permit. We take care of everything to ensure you have safe, reliable power where you need it.
Outlet TypesHere are the most common outlets you can have installed in your home.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) – GFCI outlets are important safety devices that prevent electric shock by shutting off power to the circuit when an abnormal power flow is detected.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) – By detecting dangerous electrical arcing, AFCIs can prevent electrical fires by cutting off power flow when a power arc occurs.
15-Amp Receptacles – Most 3-prong outlets in the home are common 15-Amp variety for general use.
20-Amp & 30-Amp Receptacles – When you need more capacity than a 15-Amp can safely provide for larger appliances, etc.
50-Amp Receptacles – The most powerful circuits that are installed in homes. They are used to power large appliances like electric clothes dryers and major kitchen appliances like built-in microwaves.
Tamper-Resistant Receptacles – Unlike plastic “child-proof” outlet covers, tamper-resistant receptacles have built-in shields that prevent electric shock if an object other than an electrical plug is inserted into the receptacle.
USB Receptacles – Equipped with both standard 3-prong receptacles and fast-charging USB ports, these handy outlets enable you can eliminate all those adapters while charging your devices faster.
Two-Duplex – A good option for home offices and entertainment rooms, this type out outlet has four plug receptacles instead of the standard two.
Outdoor Outlets – When exposed to the elements, outlets will need to have weatherproof covers and GFCIs to ensure they can provide safe reliable power all year round.
Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) – Want to charge your EV quickly at home? You’ll need a 240-volt outlet designed for residential charging of electric vehicles, also known as an EV charging station.
Call today for electrical outlet installation in the Greater Chicagoland area.