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There are many different times that you will need to replace an electrical outlet. If your outlet is producing electrical shocks, that is a very bad sign and can lead to injury if not replaced. If your outlet is exposed to moisture, it could fail. This is very common for outlets in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry room since water is most common. Another reason an outlet may need to be replaced is that the face plate is broken which prevents you from inserting a plug into the outlet.

Key Takeaways:

  • An electrical outlet needs to be replaced if the face plate is broken, chipped or cracked as this can lead to dangerous arcing.
  • If the outlet is producing shocks, it can be many different causes but you will need to hire an electrician to get to the bottom of it.
  • If your outlet has been exposed to moisture, it can fail and you see this often times in bathrooms and laundry rooms where moisture is most common.

“Deterioration of internal contacts or wire terminals can cause overheating, with eventual melting and the possibility of sparking or — worst of all — an electrical fire.”

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