Electrical Outlet Installation and Replacement
Installing a modern electrical outlet provides safe and reliable power delivery. Replacing old outlets resolves a variety of energy-related problems, and even improves the efficiency of your home. Best of all, when you equip you home with the correct outlets, you ensure your home’s safety.
If you frequently trip circuit breakers when you use kitchen appliances, dim the lights when you run the washing machine, or constantly fight over available outlet space with other members of your household, it’s time to upgrade your outlets. Installing new outlet types like GFCIs, USB outlets, and 240-volt outlets can make all of these concerns a thing of the past.
Ready for your outlets to make the jump into the modern age? Learn more about the various electrical outlet installation and replacement services provided by your local Mr. Electric.
Electrical Outlets Installed by Mr. Electric
You have a lot of options to choose from for your new outlet installation. Here are the types of outlets that we install, along with a brief description of what they do:
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) outlets – AFCI outlets help protect homes from house fires by sensing and stopping power arcs.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets – GFCI outlets protect people from electric shock by sensing abnormal current flow and stopping electricity from flowing to the outlet. They are required in all areas where water hazards are present such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoors.
- Smart outlets – Homeowners are installing more smart devices in their homes all the time. From smart speakers to smart doorbells, it’s easy to keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world. Smart outlets help your devices connect to each other seamlessly to enhance security and convenience.
- Switched outlets – A switched outlet is half power receptacle, half power switch. Whatever you plug into the outlet can be turned on or off by flipping the switch. This option can be handy if you have a hard-to-reach device that you want to be able to turn on and off easily.
- Tamper-resistant and child-proof outlets – Tamper-resistant outlets, also known as child-proof outlets, provide more reliable safety and protection than plastic plug covers. The tamper-resistant device cannot be removed from the outlet, better protecting small children from shock hazards.
- Two-duplex outlets – Instead of having just two plug spaces available, double it to four with these handy outlet upgrades. Two-duplex outlets are especially useful for home offices, kitchen counters, and entertainment centers.
- USB outlets – Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just plug your smartphone’s USB charger right into the wall? Well now you can! USB outlets allow you to charge electronic devices using just a USB cord.
- 15-amp outlets – The standard three-prong outlet is best suited for hallways, guest rooms, and other areas where you probably won’t have to plug many things in at once.
- 20-amp outlets – This beefed-up version of the standard outlet brings kitchen counter areas up to modern building codes. You can tell them apart by the horizontal slot coming off the 20-amp’s left wire plug. Your 20-amp outlets are best suited to high current kitchen appliances, like toaster ovens and blenders.
- 30-amp outlets – These are intended for use with items such as gas dryers and RV shore power outlets.
- 50-amp outlets – These are the biggest outlets installed at most residential buildings. 50-amp outlets are required for large appliances such as ovens and electric dryers.
- 240-volt outlets – 240-volt outlets are used to efficiently power large appliances like ovens and dryers. Along with 50-amp outlets, they are the most powerful outlets installed in most American homes.
Electrical Outlet Installation FAQs
Can I install an electrical outlet myself?
We do not recommend installing an electrical outlet on your own. While it is possible, if you’re adding a new outlet or upgrading an existing outlet to a new type of outlet, we recommend hiring an electrician. Improper outlet installation can lead to an outlet being useless, or worse, make it prone to shorts and other issues that put your home at risk.
Should I replace two-prong outlets?
Yes, you should replace two-prong outlets in your home. Two-prong outlets lack a grounding element, which makes them more prone to shorts that can cause electrical fires and damage your electronics. They also deliver power less efficiently than a modern three-prong outlet. If your home primarily has two-prong outlets, that’s a good sign that it’s time to upgrade your outlets.
Why Choose Mr. Electric to Install Electrical Outlets?
Mr. Electric has been providing professional electrical services since 1994. Your local Mr. Electric can help you select the right electrical outlet types for your needs, and then install them right the first time. Call Mr. Electric at (844) 866-1367 or schedule an appointment online today.
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