Power Socket/Power point installation services
Faulty power sockets are one of the most common and inevitable issues faced at home. Since it is the only viable way for us to get our electrical appliance to work, it is definitely troublesome whenever one stops working. Although the most common problem occurs from an electrical wiring issue, it is not surprising to see a power point malfunctioning just for no apparent reason. As complicated as it sounds, replacing the electrical outlet may or may not solve the problem entirely and you might need to take an extra step: A complete rewiring of your electrical switch. This is to prevent any fire hazards or any trigger of a shock.
EM Electrical Engineering comprehends the inconvenience of a power socket failure or power point failure in Singapore. Hence, it is absolutely necessary to hire electrical contractors like us with reliable electricians in Singapore to ensure that such inconvenience does not occur frequently.
We provide a one-stop solution for all your power socket or power point installation and repair needs. Our licensed electrician in Singapore will assist you with installation of new power points and repairing faulty power points.
Table of Contents:
1. Different kinds of electrical outlets
2. Reasons of power socket failure
3. Possible consequences of faulty power sockets usage
4. DIY fixing power socket problems
Different kinds of electrical outlets
A standard voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50 Hz. The type G electrical outlet is the main source of electrical outlet used in Singapore, similar to many other countries in the world. This plug has 3 pins and it is grounded.
The type C plug (Or known as Euro plug) is a two-wire plug that has 2 round pins. It fits into any sockets that accepts 4.0 – 4.8mm round contacts on 19mm centres. This plug is not grounded and thus, needs to be used with caution. It requires an electrical current of 2.5A.
The type A plug (or known as the flat blade attachment plug) is an ungrounded plug with 2 flat pins. Most commonly confused with the Japanese plug, the neutral pin on the American plug is wider than the live pin, whereas the sizes of both pins is the same in the Japanese plugs. It carries an electrical voltage of 100 – 127 V and an electrical current of 15A.
The type B plug has two flat parallel pins and a round grounding pin. The earth pin is longer than the other two so the plug can be grounded before the other 2 is attached. An identical voltage and current with Type A, both electrical outlets that are type A and B can be used with these plugs.
The type D plug has 3 large round pins in a triangular pattern. Sometimes, it is used together with Type M plugs for larger appliances. This plug carries an electric current of 5A and a standard voltage of 220 – 240 V.
The type E plug has 2 4.8mm round pins and a hole for the socket’s earth pin. It is a rounded plug and the socket has a round recess. It carries a standard voltage of 220 – 240 V, with an electrical current of 16A. It is mainly used in European countries.
The type I plug has two flat pins in a V shape form as well as a grounding pin. A version of the plug with only two flat pins also exists. It carries an electrical current of 10A and a standard voltage of 220 – 240 V.
Reasons of power socket failures:
It comes as a shock when you find out that your power socket stopped working without knowing what is the underlying reason. These are some of the most common reasons behind power socket failures:
An open circuit is an electrical circuit that is not completed. The most common cause of open circuits is loose wires, leading to the incompletion of the entire electrical circuit. Poor socket installation can also result in a gap or break in the electrical wiring.
An overloaded circuit is an electric circuit that is carrying more current that it is designed to handle, creating a danger through overheating. Whenever a circuit is overloaded, the circuit breaker trips, causing the flow to fuse, to prevent the overheating of electrical wires. As a result, the connection breaks and the circuit fail.
A short circuit is a low resistance connection between 2 conductors supplying electrical power to any circuit. It results in excessive current flow through the ‘short’, and may cause the power source to be destroyed. This also occurs when a hot wire accidentally touches a ground wire. This eventually leads the current to the circuit breaker, tripping the circuit.
If the above does not describe any of the problems that you are currently facing at home, it is possible that the outlet was faulty to begin with. It is easy and cheap to replace the outlets. However, it is important to shut off any circuit before doing replacement works as it is dangerous to do so with the circuit running.
Possible consequences of faulty power sockets usage:
It is important to know the consequences of using a faulty power socket. Electrical outlets provide such constant and convenient use that it is easy to forget that it is only protected by a thin layer of rigid plastic beneath the outlet receptacle. Over time, the plastic could melt or crack, exposing the current.
It is most commonly known to all that exposed hazards can provide a shock risk to the user especially if you’re not careful with the sockets. These shocks can be deadly, and it is extremely dangerous.
Whenever a socket is faulty, overheating is commonly the plausible problem underlying in the socket. When it is overheated, the socket can prove to be a potential fire hazard.
At EM Electrical Engineering, safety is our utmost priority. If you are facing electrical issues with your power point or power socket, it is important to hire an EMA-certified electrician to help you install it and prevent the occurrence of this problem. By understanding the needs of our clients, we will keep the electrical costs down without compromising on quality of electrical products. Rest assured that we only use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for all of your electrical installations.
DIY fixing power socket problems:
Before consulting your nearest electrician, here are some troubleshooting solutions you may attempt. Remember, it is very IMPORTANT to switch off all power to your circuits before attempting any of the solutions.
Switch off the circuit breaker and switch it back on after 5 minutes. If you’re unsure which is the faulty ones, turn them all off and experiment to see which is the one causing the problem.
This could occur due to damaged wiring, faulty power tools or even through water damage. This fault is usually cleared after it dries completely.
Faulty electrical power points:
When a power point is faulty, there is no other choice but to replace it since a power point is bound to weaken gradually due to wear and tear.
Loose or broken wires:
When an installation to a power point is not done properly, wires will loosen up and eventually causing the current to get disconnected. It may lead to overheating and ultimately, a fire hazard at home. Thus, it is important to consider rewiring the entire electrical installation to mitigate any risks.
If these trouble shooting steps doesn’t work, fret not! EM Electrical Engineering provides reliable and certified power point and power socket installation services in Singapore, ranging from electrical repair to replacement. With our team of reliable electricians that are highly experienced, we offer top-notch power point and socket services. As your preferred electrical contractor, we pride ourselves with using high standards of electrical products and high-quality workmanship to ensure that your circuit breaker problems do not recur. With the availability of different types of power socket and power points in the market, it is our job to help you pick the right style of outlet by providing recommendations with reference to our previous projects regarding power socket installation and power point installation in Singapore.
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