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At Express Electrical Services, we provide electrical switch and electrical outlet repair in Southern California. Since 1982, our electricians in Los Angeles have assisted homeowners with all their switch and outlet needs. These licensed and trained professionals use the latest technology, techniques, and equipment. If you need us to replace an electrical outlet or switch in your home, we’ll ensure it’s done safely and effectively.
With offices in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Riverside, Express Electrical Services can reach all of Southern California, including Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County. Our technicians will help eliminate hazards by providing immediate electrical outlet repair. Or, we can dispatch someone to replace an electrical outlet with, for example, a GFCI.
When Is It Time to Replace an Electrical Outlet or Switch?
Chances are if yours is an older Los Angeles home and it’s been a while since an electrician has given your wiring a once over, the switches and outlets more than likely require an upgrade. However, it’s not merely the age of your home’s electrical system that matters, it’s how that system was originally installed and relays electricity today that also counts.
A switch/outlet upgrade is an immediate necessity if you have:
Builders grade outlets
Old wiring connected via “backstabbing”
Our fully-licensed master electricians can improve the safety and performance of your switch and outlets by ensuring the connectivity of the circuit no longer relies on running through the device or appliance being used. Let Express Electrical Services help you usher your switches and outlets into the modern electrical age.
Electric outlet installation may also be necessary if you are needing an outlet in a location where there is not one currently. You may also wish to explore the option of GFCI outlet installation in areas where moisture is present in order to eliminate the risk of electric shock. Finally, if your outlet is showing signs of not functioning correctly it is important to have an outlet repair or replacement performed as soon as possible.
Common Questions and Answers for Outlet Repair and Installation
Do I Need an Electrician to Move or Replace an Electrical Outlet?
While you can replace a cover plate without an electrician, moving or replacing an electrical outlet can be tricky. The outlet must be wired correctly to the circuit. Also, a permit must be pulled to ensure the installation is properly inspected. An electrician can also quickly repair or replace an outlet in an emergency.
What Are the Signs an Outlet Is Going Bad?
Signs you need electrical outlet repair or it’s time to replace an electrical outlet include:
No power to the outlet
A wall outlet is hot
A connected light/device flickers
How Do I Troubleshoot an Outlet?
To troubleshoot an issue with an outlet:
Check that the switch is in the “on” position.
See if other outlets on the same wall are dead; if so, check the corresponding circuit breaker in the main panel. If it tripped, flip it back on.
If there’s a GFCI outlet on the circuit, see if it has tripped and press the “on/off” button to reactivate it.
If none of these steps work, the outlet may have a loose wire. Turn the power off before removing the plate and checking the wires; if they’re damaged, call an electrician for electrical outlet repair.
How Long Does It Take to Replace an Electrical Outlet?
It usually doesn’t take longer than 30 minutes for an experienced professional to replace an outlet. But if they need to run wiring, open the wall, and repair drywall, the job can take up to two hours.
How Many Years Can an Outlet Last?
Electrical outlets are generally quite durable. Most can last 15 to 25 years, and it’s not unheard of for one to last 50 years. But an electrical short or wear and tear may cause an outlet to fail in five years or less.
What Can Lead to Needing Electrical Outlet Repair or Replacement?
Age and wear will take a toll on outlets. When plugging and unplugging devices, the metal prongs scrape against the outlet’s terminals. Loose connections can occur over time or due to poor installation. Strong electrical currents can cause an outlet to burn out. If your home still has two-prong outlets, have an electrician replace them with safer three-prong units.
Why Choose Express Electrical Services?
From electrical outlet repair to help with home remodeling and additions, Express Electrical Services is committed to providing the highest quality electrical repair and installation. We provide up-front fixed pricing and a quality guarantee on all the work we do. Whether you need a licensed electrician to repair or replace an electrical outlet in your Southern California home, we’re always ready to help. Contact us online or call (323) 727-7799 today for outlet/switch repair or replacement.