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Upgrade Your Tulsa, OK Home's Plug-In Capacity With New Outlet Installation
You've been waiting for this day for a long time. You found the perfect desk, the perfect hutch. You've got the exact spot near a window where the sun gives some natural light but doesn't get in your face. A Bluetooth speaker on the bookcase is putting out some nice, relaxing jazz to help with concentration. Your brand-new, powerhouse computer and three-monitor setup are ready to go. You have built the perfect home office, and you can't wait to settle into your comfy new work chair and enjoy unheard-of levels of productivity. You go to plug everything in... and that's when you realize you'd forgotten to plan for the electrical outlets in your room. The only choice is an eyesore of an extension cord that will throw off your feng shui and inevitably trip you while you're carrying a hot cup of joe.
Don't let this happen to you! Some homes - especially older homes - don't have enough outlets to account for the number of devices we regularly use in today's high-tech world. The good news is they don't have to stay that way. With professional outlet installation from your friends at Watt's Right Electric, you can increase your capacity without blowing your budget. Not only that, but we can replace or repair damaged outlets to mitigate any potential dangers.
What Kind Of Outlets Can I Have Installed?
Most people think of power outlets as the good, old-fashioned 2 or 3 slot hole you plug your devices into. But outlet technology has actually changed quite a lot over the years, along with code requirements, so there are many types either required or optional for your home. Here are just a few examples of what's available:
- Standard Outlets - Your normal outlet, great for powering the vast majority of your devices. Modern electrical codes require all new outlets installed to be the "grounded" type, with the third round opening at the bottom.
- Tamper-Resistant - Also required by many electrical codes, tamper-resistant outlets feature shutters inside that only open when equal force is applied to each opening - making it harder to insert objects that don't belong. These are a great option to protect curious children at home.
- 20A, 125 Volt or 20A, 250 Volt - If you're looking to power up larger appliances or shop tools, you'll need these specialized outlets designed to provide them with the higher levels of juice they need.
- GFCI Outlets - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets are designed to shut down in the presence of water to prevent electrocution or fire. Absolutely necessary for bathroom and kitchen locations.
- AFCI Outlets - Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets are able to detect potentially dangerous arc faults - even in the devices plugged into them! - and shut down to prevent electrical fires.
- USB Outlets - More and more of our devices are powered by simple Universal Serial Bus (USB) cables, so it can be nice to forget the "charging brick" and just plug the USB cable straight into the wall.
- Smart Outlets - Taking advantage of the latest and greatest technology, smart outlets can be turned on and off on a schedule so you can leave things plugged in without "vampire" equipment continually drawing power even while off. Smart outlets can also interact with Wi-Fi and smartphone apps to give you automated control.
How Can I Tell If My Outlet Needs Replacing?
Sometimes it's not about putting in a new outlet so much as replacing one that's damaged. Here are some signs your outlet needs to be replaced:
- It's not currently working at all
- There are chips, cracks or other visible damage to the outlet cover
- There are scorch marks, burn marks or visible signs of melting
- Plugs won't stay securely plugged into the outlet
- The outlet feels hot to the touch
- It isn't a grounded outlet (these are now required)
- You see sparks or smell smoke at the outlet
- Any devices plugged into the outlet don't consistently stay on
If you spot any of these issues, it's time to have one of our experts come in and install a new outlet for you.
Contact Watt's Right For All Your Outlet Needs
Installing new outlets or replacing old ones is a task you should leave to the professionals to ensure your home, your equipment and most important your family are all kept safe. Watt's Right Electric has been taking care of our friends and neighbors here in Tulsa Country for years, and we're waiting to take care of you, too. Send us a message online or call (918) 972-0720 today!