Switch & Outlet Installation in Fort Collins
If you need light switches or outlets installed in your home, you’ve come to the right place. Allen Service offers GFCI outlet installation, light switch installation, and more for homeowners in Fort Collins. Our professional electricians have all the experience, expertise, and equipment necessary to install your outlets or light switches safely and effectively. Our outlet installation experts offer upfront pricing, so you’ll never pay more than you’re quoted. We stand by all our repairs and installations, so get in touch with us to request service.
The Differences Between GFCI and AFCI Outlets
When you need a new outlet installed in your home, it’s critical to ensure you’re getting the right type. Allen Service can install GFCI and AFCI outlets in your home. Learn more about the differences between GFCI and AFCI outlets:
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) – These outlets are the most common in rooms with water sources such as bathrooms or kitchens. GFCI outlets are designed to protect your family from severe electric shocks. Ground faults are abnormal and unintentional electrical paths that direct currents to the ground. These ground faults occur when an electrical current escapes your home’s insulated wires because of damaged wiring. The GFCI outlet will detect the flow of electrical currents through wires and sense the presence of ground faults. When a ground fault is detected, the GFCI outlet will shut off the flow of electricity to avoid someone receiving a fatal shock.
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) – These outlets are designed to protect your home from fires due to arcing faults. Arcing faults occur when a loose wire connection, damage to the wiring in the walls or corroded wire leads to sparking or arcing, leading to electrical fires. AFCI outlets detect these arcs on the circuit and cut off electricity when detected.
When to Replace Your Switches & Outlets
Sometimes there are obvious signs of needing to replace your outlets, such as the outlet not being able to hold the prongs of a plug. A broken outlet can be a severe fire and shock hazard and should be replaced immediately. Check out the following signs that your outlets or switches need to be replaced, and get in touch with our licensed electricians to schedule an appointment:
- Cracked Outlet Plates – When the cover plate on your outlet becomes cracked, some of the wires can be exposed. This scenario presents the risk of shock or fires. Do not use your outlets with cracked plates until they can be replaced.
- Sparks or Smoke – If you notice smoke or sparks when you plug an appliance into an outlet, something is wrong. Your outlet may have been exposed to water, or it may have experienced a short circuit. Do not use these outlets, and be careful because sparking outlets can lead to house fires.
- Discolored Outlets – If your outlets have become discolored, they may be overheating. Be sure to have discolored outlets replaced as soon as possible and don’t use them in the meantime.
Frequently Asked Questions About Switches & Outlets
Homeowners in Colorado often have questions regarding the outlets and switches in their homes. We’ve prepared the answers to the questions we frequently receive but feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.
Do I need a circuit installed to add an outlet?
In most modern homes, it’s possible to add a new outlet and use the existing circuits. We highly recommend hiring our expert electricians when installing any circuits or outlets because this work can be very hazardous.
How much does it cost to install an electrical outlet?
The average cost of installing an electrical outlet in the U.S. is $160. Your price depends on multiple factors, and Allen Service always offers fair and honest free quotes before we perform the job.
How many outlets do I need?
Modern bedrooms generally require one outlet for every 12 feet of wall space and a minimum of one outlet on each wall. Some homeowners prefer additional outlets, and we will work with you to ensure you have all the electrical outlets your home needs.
Schedule Outlet Installation Today
If the time has come to have new outlets or light switches installed in your home, don’t hesitate. Putting off having this work done could put your family’s safety in jeopardy. Contact Allen Service today to request service.