You just realized the outlet you plugged you phone in isn’t working, while you’re frustrated your phone didn’t charge, you just move to a different outlet. But what about that outlet that isn’t working? Do you need to have it repaired? Is it a hazard? 

There are many reasons why an electrical outlet fails, it is important to enlist the help of a professional electrician to keep your home and business safe. 

Burned Outlets

If you hear some strange sounds when you plug something into an outlet, sparks or pops, you should stop using the outlet. A sudden flare can melt the wire insulation and burn out the outlet. It is a potentially serious problem and cause an electrical fire. Especially, if the outlet has black marks or hot to touch. 

Tripped Circuit Breaker 

With all the new electronics, it just takes plugging in one more thing to overload and trip the circuit breaker. If this is an ongoing problem, you should have an electrician upgrade your panel for the safety of your family. 

Backstabbed Wiring

If an outlet feels blocked when trying to plug in a device, don’t force or jab it into the outlet. Instead of using terminals to connect the switches and outlets to the wires, a shortcut is taken and the wires are pushed into a connector that take hold of the wire inside the device. Resulting in a loose connection that can easily burn the circuit. 

Outlets that are malfunctioning or not working properly pose as a hazard. Contact the professionals at Sanford Electric Company for affordable help

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the family at Sanford Electric Company encourages everyone to join us in learning more about breast cancer and support those who are suffering with the disease.

Though we have made great progress in early detection, cancer treatment and finding a cure, we still have a long way to go.


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