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Power Cord Problems: The Cause Of Melting When Plugged Into An Outlet

Have you ever unplugged an electronic device and discovered that the power cord on it has melted? You may have a serious electrical problem in your house that should be considered an emergency, as failing to get a repair can lead to a fire. Below, learn what may have caused the power cord to melt and what an electrical repair might cost if you hire an electrician.

What Can Lead to a Power Cord Melting?

If you have never had a problem with power cords melting when other electronics were plugged into the outlet, it is possible that the electronic device in question is the problem. The power cord to the device may have had in a short in it that led to the wires in the outlet overheating. Even if the outlet wasn't damaged before the power cord melted, it might now need a repair because the electronic device could have caused damage to the wires.

Another thing that could have led to the power cord melting is too many electrical volts running through the outlet. The outlet may not be able to handle too many volts of electricity because your house is not wired for it. An electrician will need to measure the voltage level in the outlet by using a multimeter. You may need to get the outlets in your house rewired so they can handle your electronics.

It is also possible that electrical arcing took place in the outlet at the time that the power corded melted. Basically, arcing happens when a strong electrical current jumps a gap between two electrodes. This problem can lead to overheated wires, which can affect all of the electronics plugged into the outlet. You can't continue using an outlet that malfunctions because it can lead to your house catching on fire.

What Does it Cost to Hire an Electrician for Repairs?

Some electricians charge an hourly rate in the range of $30 to $100 or more, depending on where you live. However, you may be charged a flat rate for specific repairs like adding more amps to the electrical panel.  The amount of amps will determine how many volts the wiring in your house can handle.You are looking to pay at least $2,000 or more if you want 400 amps in your house. Make sure an electrician is called for repairs fast so you won't have to deal with other power cords melting or a house fire. 

For more information, contact a professional like those at All American Air & Electric, Inc.