Trust Hoover Electric for Electrical Outlet Wiring
Today’s homeowners are dependent on electricity in more ways than ever. From lighting fixtures to powering your electronics and appliances, electricity is necessary for modern homes. However, having electricity is not enough to power your devices. You also need functional outlets meeting the capacity requirements. Having outdated or broken outlets is a safety hazard you can’t afford to ignore. Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling specializes in electrical outlet installation in Clinton Township, Troy, and other areas across Southeast Michigan. No matter the age of your home, we can upgrade your electrical outlets to make them compatible with USB, smart, and GFCI outlets. Reach out today to request service from our licensed, certified electricians!
Residential Electrical Outlet Types We Install and Repair
Electrical outlets used to be basic two- or three-prong affairs, but smart outlets you can control using your smart devices are becoming more popular these days. Here’s a rundown on various types of electrical outlets we can install or repair:
- USB Outlets – If your family owns a lot of smartphones and tablets, installing USB wall outlets helps you keep these devices charged without needing adapters. Outlets with USB charging ports allow you to streamline device charging in any room of the house, freeing up your regular electrical outlets for other appliances. They’re easy to install and can charge your devices faster.
- GFCI Outlets – GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCI outlets are designed to protect you from ground faults and should be installed near water sources to prevent shocks, fires, burns, and more. GFCI outlets keep you safe by shutting down automatically whenever water splashes into or against the outlet. You must hit the reset button to restore power.
- Smart Outlets – Imagine being able to control your lighting and appliances without turning them on and off manually. You can control smart outlets via your smartphone or tablet. Many homeowners set their lights to turn on and off during certain hours when they’re not home. Although smart outlets may cost more to install, they can help you lower your energy bills.
- 120v Outlets – 120v outlets are your standard electrical outlets with a 120-volt wire, neutral wire, and grounding wire (preferably). Around since the early 1950s, 120v outlets are suitable for plugging in basic appliances such as lamps and vacuums. We’re often asked to upgrade older homes to 220v or 240v outlets to accommodate newer appliances requiring more power.
- 220v Outlets – 220v outlets are found throughout many modern U.S. homes that have been upgraded to accommodate additional high-powered appliances. 220v outlets may have three or four prongs, but most modern ones have four for safety reasons. A four-prong 220v outlet has two power lines at either side, a neutral wire at the bottom, and a grounding wire at the top.
- 240v Outlets – 240v outlets contain two 120-volt wires and a neutral wire. You may find three-prong 240v outlets throughout older homes, but most modern electrical outlets have four prongs and a ground wire. Electric cars, ovens, washing machines, and other large appliances require 240v outlets. 240v outlets are typically installed in kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages.
What Are Common Causes of Electrical Outlet Issues?
Broken or malfunctioning electrical outlets are dangerous to your home and family. Call one of our licensed, certified electricians today if you encounter any of these common electrical outlet issues:
- Short-Circuiting – If your electrical outlets have loose connections or exposed electrical wiring, it can cause a short circuit. Short circuits often lead to fires and electrocutions.
- Overloading – While you may be tempted to plug in all your devices to the same outlets using extension cords, overloading an outlet can create a fire and safety risk.
- Faulty Wiring – Installing electrical outlets and electrical outlet wiring should be left to trained professionals. Faulty electrical outlet wiring can put you and your family in jeopardy.
- Aging Outlets – Older electrical outlets may need to be replaced when they show signs of wear and tear. Consult an electrician to inspect them sooner rather than later.
What Are Signs You May Need Outlet Repair or Replacement?
Electrical outlet repairs and replacements are sometimes needed to keep your home and loved ones safe. Any time your electrical outlets feel hot to the touch, smell like they’re burning, or exhibit sparks, something is seriously amiss, and you should call an electrician immediately. Damaged or cracked electrical outlets could be a fire hazard if exposed wiring is present. It’s also a safety hazard if your plugs won’t stay in, as this indicates your electrical outlets are significantly worn. If your home still has two-prong electrical outlets, we suggest upgrading them to three-prong outlets as soon as possible.
What Are the Benefits of Upgrading Your Electrical Outlets?
Upgrading your home’s electrical outlets is an easy, affordable way to make it feel more modern. You’ll get peace of mind replacing worn or outdated electrical outlets knowing that you’re making your home safer and up-to-code. Modern electrical outlets are designed to offer more convenience and ease of access. Considering GFCI outlets can help protect your loved ones from electrocution while installing smart outlets can help you improve your home’s resale value by making it more energy-efficient. Whether you need to replace two-prong outlets or are interested in installing outlets with USB ports, the Hoover Electric team would be happy to help.
Contact Us for All Your Electrical Outlet Wiring Needs & More
We understand that electrical repairs and upgrades are often not built into the average homeowner’s budget. That’s why Hoover offers specials and financing options, so you don’t have to wait to get any emergency HVAC, plumbing, or electrical work done. It’s no wonder we’re the preferred full-time contractors of many homeowners throughout Clinton Township, Troy, and surrounding areas. Please contact us today to request an estimate or schedule service at your earliest convenience!