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    Need your outlet(s) replaced? Let our team at Lifetime Heating and Cooling take care of it for you! 

    Electrical Outlet Replacement

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    When an electrical outlet doesn’t work it can be frustrating to say the least. But why do outlets fail? If some outlets in your Kirkland home aren’t working, it may be time to replace them. 

    About Electrical Outlets

    Outlet wires typically last anywhere from 50-70 year. However, there is more to consider than just the lifespan of those wires. Frequency of use, insulation, and superficial damages all factor into how long an electrical outlet will last. For example, an outlet that is chipped or damaged should be changed immediately, since a damaged outlet can be a fire hazard (especially if fires are exposed). With electrical disruptions accounting for 50% of house fires annually, checking your outlets is crucial to mitigating risk and keeping your home safe. 

    Why Do Electrical Outlets Fail

    There are several reasons why an electrical outlet might fail and need replacement. There are four common reasons why this happens:

    • Switched plugs. In many houses, rooms without overhead lights may have been build with a switch that controls some or all of the outlets in the room. If this switch isn’t turned on, outlets connected won’t have any electricity flowing to them.
    • Incompatible Device for House’s Wiring. There are two primary types of metal wiring available nowadays. Copper wires are durable and strong, while aluminum is brittle, breakable, and resistant to electricity. This resistance can build up heat in the outlet. Over time, this can cause wires to burn up. The type of wiring in your house (copper vs. aluminum) can dictate how long an electrical outlet will last. 
    • Misplaced Wire Nut. Wire nuts are used cover wires. If a previous electrician used a wire nut to connect wires it could be what is causing problems with inner wiring. These problems keep outlets from functioning properly. 
    • Backstabbed wiring. This is one of the most common issues. Plugs and switches should be wired by curling the wire around the screw and tightening that screw. Backstabbing (the wrong way) means that the wires are pushed into a connector instead of curled and screwed. Backstabbed wiring creates a loose connection, which can ruin a circuit and burn up wires in the outlet. 

    Electrical Outlet Maintenance

    One thing you can do that can help prolong the longevity of your outlets is routine maintenance. It’s a good idea to check your outlets monthly using an outlet tester. You can find one at any hardware store! Using an outlet tester is easy. Simply insert the tester (it will have three prongs and will plug in like any other item) into the outlet. The tests will alert you to any issues with that outlet wiring. 

    Things to Consider Before Replacement

    Before you call an electrician to come and replace an outlet receptacle, make sure that the problem isn’t with the item(s) plugged in first. If the lamp, charger, or other item you have plugged in isn’t working, try plugging it into another outlet you know will (preferably one with something else already plugged in). If the item still doesn’t work, the issues could possibly be with that item and not with the outlet itself.  

    Need your outlet(s) replaced? Let our team at Lifetime Heating and Cooling take care of it for you! 

    What Our Customers Say

    Lifetime
    Business responded quickly to my inquiry for service (thanks Renee!). Bobby arrived on time, explained everything he was doing, was quick, efficient and stuck to their quote, which was very reasonable BTW. I'm scheduling them for more services and wouldn't hesitate referring them to anyone.UPDATE! we had Lifetime return for dryer duct and vent cleaning, then for AC maintenance. Very happy both times and will continue to use their services. 5 thumbs up!👍👍👍👍👍
    Laurie Hunt
    19:28 26 May 21
    What a great company filled with friendly, yet professional people who care about your job from the beginning to end. It starts with Renee who schedules the team to come out. The installers, Nick and Beau were excellent in checking in and communicating every step throughout the day. Electricians Tony and Alex had challenges with our system, but figured it out and voila! We have nice, cool, fresh air filling up our food bank!Then, here came David a few days later to service our furnace. Another excellent employee. We purchased the Premier Club Maintenance Plan and thrilled that we did!
    Elizabeth Grant
    00:28 01 Sep 21
    Installed split level AC + air purifier. Everyone here was a pro and eager to just get things done. Lemme call out Tony, Alex, Ash, Jaeden, Rudy, Renee as all being top notch people to work with.I tried to tip them, but they wouldn't even accept it. I have been absolutely impressed with their service, as well as just being all around good folks.Oh, and the AC / purifier works great. I'm ready for the heatwaves and wildfire smoke next Summer!
    Derek Cook
    17:23 04 Oct 21
    Nick, Beau & Tony did a great job installing our new AC & Furnace. Very professional, friendly & quick install. Nick had quite a job in such a tight space & did a terrific job. Beau even fixed a ducting problem after a previous contractor did a shoddy job. We so Appreciated their attention to detail. Great, professional, informative & fun team & we felt totally confident in their ability. We will definitely recommend them to friends who are looking for new AC. They even installed a much better & easier to use thermostat, set it up for our schedule. And the AC is so cool! Thanks Nick, Beau. & Tony.
    Debbie Osterbeck
    03:50 14 Aug 21
    We called this company based off all the amazing google reviews and when we met with the company, we instantly knew we contacted the right people. They got us in for an estimate early, they scheduled us for our install the very next week (mind you it’s middle of summer when AC is WA is in high demand). The estimate was straight forward and they also looked into a few other heating questions we had regarding our home that was built a couple years that we think the builder didn’t install the best way.. I could go on and on. This seems like such a great company that truly cares about their people and their customers. We are excited to CHILL in our new AC that will be installed by this amazing company. 🙂 we have our install next week and I will submit another review after but let me tell you, from this point, we have had a great experience!! We worked with Robert who gave us our estimate and he is awesome!!
    Samantha Kinsella
    18:29 11 Aug 21
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