If you notice a spark at an outlet when you plug in an appliance, you’re probably wondering if there’s a problem that needs immediate attention or if this is normal.
Well, it’s most likely normal if the spark:
On the other hand, it’s most likely a problem if the spark:
We’ll explain those 2 situations in more detail and what you should do next.
If you think your sparking outlet is an issue, don’t wait to call an electrician. A spark, big or small, could cause an electrical fire. Contact us and we’ll send over an electrician who can diagnose and fix the problem ASAP.
In reality, a spark happens every time you plug an appliance into an electrical outlet—you usually just don’t see it.
You see, behind your outlets are live electrical wires that basically sit waiting to feed any appliance that’s plugged in. So as soon as you plug an appliance into the outlet, live electrical current “jumps the gap”, trying to establish connection with the appliance. And for this very brief moment, a tiny blue spark occurs.
But normally, this spark occurs only for a split-second. And most of the time, you don’t even see it.
See some of these signs? Contact an electrician immediately. Sparks at an outlet can easily and quickly cause an electrical fire and put your family and house in extreme danger.
In fact, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, over 51,000 home electrical fires occur every year and are responsible for:
Well, a few different electrical problems can cause an outlet to spark, including:
Note: Always avoid plugging in appliances while they are in the ON position. Instead, make sure appliances are turned off while plugging them into an outlet.
The bottom line: Leave the diagnosis to a professional and don’t attempt to solve this problem on your own. If your outlets are producing dangerous sparks, the most important this is to get professional help fast so you don’t risk electrocution or electrical fires.
If you’re not sure whether the sparks at your outlet are a problem or not, contact us.
We’ll inspect the outlet, diagnose the problem and fix it to keep you and your home safe.