If your outlets are sparking, that can mean that you have a major issue with your electrical set up. There are a few different things that can cause this such as a short circuit, poor installation or repairs involving the outlet or just the outlet being aged. If the problem is just with one single appliance, it can be from a frayed cord instead of the outlet. It’s important to hire a professional when dealing with any type of electrical issue.
- Loss of insulation inside a socket can cause electricity to arc straight from the hot wire to the neutral wire.
- Botched repairs and patchwork DIY solutions can cause problems later on.
- Old outlets can be a problem, as can frayed appliance cords.
“What you’re seeing is a fast draw on electrical power, and the effect isn’t much larger than a static electricity spark.”