Why Is My Outlet Hot To The Touch?
No, an outlet should not be hot. If your outlet is hot, that indicates that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. If you notice that your outlet is hot, you should unplug anything that is plugged into it and call an electrician right away. However, if your outlet is warm, that may simply indicate it has recently been used for a long duration of time. To get more information, call Haas & Sons Electric today.
When it comes to preventing outlets and switches from overheating, there are a few things you can do to try to prevent it from occurring at all. Some ways to prevent outlets and switches from overheating are:
However, it is still good to also be vigilant about what you plug in before your switches or outlets overheat to determine the source of the issue. Call us today to learn more.
A few reasons your electrical outlet feels hot include:
Although you can solve the first two reasons, dimmer switches will typically feel warmer than most outlets due to the type of use. Contact us today to find out more.
Yes, an outlet can cause a fire if nothing is plugged in. However, it is highly unlikely that your outlet will catch fire with nothing plugged in as long as:
Since the technology of outlets has evolved, there is a very low chance that your outlet would catch on fire if nothing was plugged in. To learn more or have your outlets inspected, contact us today.
SO, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU COME BACK IN AN HOUR AND THE OUTLET IS STILL HOT?
If the outlet is hot when only one simple object is plugged in or no objects are plugged in it is most likely caused by overload. Because most circuits in a home are wired in a series, the outlet in question doesn't currently have to be working to overload. It may be that the series is overloaded. This happens because the electrical circuit is carrying more current than it is meant to handle. Sometimes before it trips the circuit breaker it will cause the outlets on the series to overheat.
WHAT IF MY OUTLET IS TOO HOT TO TOUCH?