Three Prong Adapters And You

Did you know that in 1969 it should be the norm for major appliances to have three-pronged plugs? Although older homes still sport the two-slot outlets, if you want to use your brand new bought stand mixer, should you use a three-pronged adapter to plug it in?

There are factors to consider when choosing to use an adapter. Let’s explore them.

 

Amp Service

Worse comes to worst due to wiring malfunction your home may turn into ablaze. We will need to consider if your home’s amperage works with your modern appliances. Check your fuse panel, or your breaker box to check if your wires can handle the power. 

The normal amperage required for modern homes nowadays averages at 100 amps. So if you’re planning to use your dryer, electric stove, or refrigerator with a three-pronged adapter plugs (also knows as a “cheater” plug) it is safe to consider what amp service your home is running. 

Electric Box

Your electrical box or your fuse box may be grounded, to check you can buy a relatively inexpensive tester at your local hardware store. Usually, two-pronged adapters have a center screw where the third prong for the cheater plugs run through, thus grounding the electric circuit. 

To make things short, if a two-prong wall socket has a grounded center screw, then it is safe to plug a cheater adapter into it. But, of course, this should not be a long term solution as electric currents are quite complex, as it may be unstable and give in to the heat of the current, and may turn to a short-circuit, worse a fire. Best if you consider hiring a professional electrician Fort Worth to ease your worrying.

Insurance

Let me be the one to tell you right now, if you are using a three-pronged adapter as you read this, please consider checking your homeowner’s insurance if it covers injuries and fires that are caused of plugging appliances into three-pronged sockets using a cheater adapter. Check your product warranties as well as it may be voided if you choose to do so.

Electrical Wiring Renovation

Finally, if you are running a dated system, like the two-pronged plugs, then maybe you should consider hiring an electrician Forth Worth to aid you in moving to the electrical wiring system of the 21st century,  let them check it out for the best professional advice.