3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Plug Adapters

January 09, 2023

If your home has an older electrical system, you may notice it mostly has two-prong slots, which may be a problem if you have any three-prong appliances or electronics. Many think the best workaround is to use a plug adaptor that turns a two-prong outlet into a three-pronged option. However, these should not be a long-term solution to your problem. Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t use plug adapters.

1. Plug Adapters are a Fire Hazard

Plug adapters don’t work the same as a properly grounded circuit, so it’s not uncommon for them to eventually result in fires. This doesn’t mean adapters are completely unsafe. They are fine as a temporary solution, but the longer you use them, the greater the risk of them overheating and starting a fire from improperly grounded electrical surges.

2. Plug Adapters May Damage Your Entire System

One of the reasons you shouldn’t use plug adapters is that any damage they cause could impact your entire electrical system. You can help reduce potential damage by using a plug-in ground detector to check the initial safety of your outlet. It’s a slightly safer option if your outlet reaches the ground or if you have a metal outlet box over a plastic one; however, electrical surges brought on by power adapters may result in greater damage to your wiring and prevent other outlets from outputting power.

3. Plug Adapters are Often Not Covered by Insurance

One thing to be aware of when using plug adapters is that they’re typically not covered by your insurance. If your home is subject to an electrical fire or other surge-related damage, typically, your insurance may be able to help cover the cost of repairs. However, when using an adapter, you may be on the hook for any damages since you chose to use one of these devices.

A smarter move is to contact an electrician and have them upgrade your outlets to ensure your home contains safe and reliable wiring. If you’re looking for a local electrician in San Diego, Anson Electric is here for you. Contact us today to book an appointment, hear about our services, or receive an estimate.

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