An Old Home Means Old Power: 2 Pronged Receptacles

A common problem I have seen in many of the homes I’ve lived in is the occurrence of undergrounded receptacles. These are the two prong outlets that have no grounding option. This means that the house wiring has no way to safely conduct any stray current that escapes the confines of the wire. This type of outlet is grandfathered in to the code laws, but the modern code requires all circuits be grounded.

These types of outlets present minimal danger as long as you do not use an adapter to fit a three prong into a two prong outlet. These adapters can easily destroy the device you are plugging in and increase the chance of electrocution. The only solution in this case is to replace the two prong outlets with modern three prongs but only if the wiring allows.

A major mistake that many homeowners make is to simply swap out an old 2 pronged for a new 3 pronged outlet and assume that will work. A 3 pronged outlet must be connected to a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.

The Best option and safest option when dealing with this type of problem is to have a professional come out and ensure that the job is done correctly. Working with high power receptacles can not only endanger your home but also endanger your life. Use a GFCI tester on all outlets in your home after reinstallation to make sure they are grounded.

You May Also Like

HVAC Systems
October 27, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC Systems

An HVAC system is a mechanical device that controls air conditions, such as temperature and humidity, by regulating airflow in your Jacksonville,… Continue Reading Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC Systems

Read More…

Buying HVAC System
October 12, 2022

SEER, AFUE, HSPF: What Do These HVAC Ratings Mean?

You may have heard that it’s essential to check an HVAC system’s SEER, AFUE or HSPF rating before you buy it. However,… Continue Reading SEER, AFUE, HSPF: What Do These HVAC Ratings Mean?

Read More…

Heat Pump Installation
September 26, 2022

Should You Invest in a New Heat Pump Installation?

While it’s still hot outside and air conditioners are running, the heating season will arrive before you know it. If you’re a… Continue Reading Should You Invest in a New Heat Pump Installation?

Read More…

Compliance Settings
Increase Font Size
Simplified Font
Underline Links
Highlight Links