If you have two pronged outlets in your home, it means they are not grounded. This leaves you unprotected and can result in shock, electrocution and may result in damaged electronics. Modern outlets are designed for three prong plugs, and the third prong provides a ground that acts as a fault path in the event of a short. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical upgrades you require to bring your home in compliance with code, and safe for you and your family.
Three prong outlets have been the standard code for some time. However, if you live in an older home and the wiring hasn’t been updated, you probably still have two prong outlets throughout the home. Contact our licensed electricians to schedule an upgrade of your home’s outdated outlets.
Three Prong Outlets
Appliances with three prong plugs need a three prong outlet. Adapters, surge protectors and swapping two prong outlets with three prong versions do not provide protection without a ground being added to the circuit, or a complete rewiring.
If all the electrical outlets are two prong, you can assume that the building has not been grounded. However, if there are a few three prong outlets in the home, the wiring may be grounded and the time or money was simply not taken to convert all the outlets. However, never assume anything, it is best to have a licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL to examine the electrical system. The electrician will tell you what’s been done and the safest solution for bringing it up to code.
In addition, never cut off the third prong from an electrical plug, or use a cheater plug to enable you to plug a three prong appliance into a two prong outlet. The appliance will still work, but you will have inactivated an important safety feature that protects the user from shock. The third prong acts as a ground on appliances with a metal casing. If a wire were to come loose and touches the metal case, anyone who touches it can potentially receive a fatal shock.
Rewire the Panel
The best means to ensure the safety of your family, and the protection of sensitive electronics from surges and shock, is to hire an electrician in Huntsville, AL to rewire the panel and provide the necessary ground.
Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to schedule the electrical upgrade of your two prong electrical outlets for both your safety and electrical code compliance.
Our primary goal is your safety and satisfaction. In addition, when you are in need of electrical upgrades, a Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the reliable service you need including the replacement of two prong outlets. Our electricians are available for your electrical emergencies 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. Mister Sparky serves Huntsville, Decatur, Guntersville, and the surrounding areas. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.