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June 03,2017

Should I Replace Two-Prong Outlets? 

Have you recently moved into a previously owned home? Has it been a few decades since you’ve updated your electrical system? One of the first signs of outdated wiring is two-pronged outlets. If you’ve noticed these old-fashioned outlets in your home or business, then it’s likely time for a replacement. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we provide residential and commercial electrical services in Fort Worth, Burleson, Arlington, Aledo, Texas and other nearby DFW area communities. Our team of licensed and insured electricians are ready to help you modernize your properties electrical system. 

Why Do Three-Pronged Outlets Matter?

If you’re home or company building is missing modern three-pronged outlets, it likely means that the property itself is not grounded. This presents a variety of potential safety hazards including electrocution, electrical fires and damage from electronic surges. Two-pronged outlets have two wires. The first is responsible for delivering electricity and the second is a neutral wire used for sending electricity back into the main electrical panel. In three-pronged outlets, a third wire is integrated, sending extra electricity to the soil beneath your property, where it can be safely absorbed. Keep your loved ones safe and your expensive appliances and devices protected by switching to three-pronged outlets and grounding your electrical system. 

Why Having a Three-Pronged Outlet Doesn’t Guarantee Proper Grounding

Anyone can purchase a three-pronged outlet and switch the plates without adding a grounding wire. Unfortunately, this can be a common practice for people who are eager to sell their property, without investing in the cost of updated their electrical system. It can be extremely dangerous to assume your home or business is grounded when it isn’t. The only way to know for sure is to have a professional electrical inspection conducted from a certified electrician. It’s important to have your property thoroughly checked for potential problems before finalizing a purchase. If you’ve already signed on the dotted line, you still need to seek professional advice, so you can avoid personal injury and property damage. Investing in an electrical update now will provide a safe environment and increase the value of the property if you ever decide to place it on the market. 

Our Fort Worth Electricians Provide the Professional Services You Need

The licensed and insured electricians at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth are excited to offer a variety of professional services including electrical inspections, wiring upgrades, new outlet installations, whole home surge protection and more. Our team of experts will come to your location with all the tools and equipment it takes to get the job done right. We will work with you one on one, and create customized solutions that fit your unique needs and budget. 

Searching for a Certified Electrician in Fort Worth, TX? Call Mr. Electric Today

Is it time for your next electrical inspection or wiring update? Then call the certified electricians at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is available now to answer any questions you may have and can also help schedule a convenient appointment for your next commercial or residential electrical service.