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Why Do My Electrical Outlets Have a Burning Smell?

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Burning smells in your house can be scary, especially when you can’t work out where they are coming from. Quite often the smell will resemble the scent of burning plastic and will signal that something suspicious is going on with your electrical work.

If you can smell a burning smell somewhere in your house, it is always important not to ignore it. Sometimes this burning smell may be coming from an electrical outlet in your house, if this is the case you will need a professional to safely assess the issue. However, it can be good to know what may be the cause of this burning smell and what to do.

If you’re experience electrical problems throughout Southern Maryland or Northern Virginia, give John Goudie Electric a call right away! Our trained technicians are able to handle any electrical problem you may be facing! Contact us today!

Reasons Why Your Outlets Have a Burning Smell

The first thing you will need to try and work out is which electrical socket the smell is coming from. This means getting close enough to smell each socket till you can narrow down the culprit.

Once you have worked it out, switch off the electricity to this outlet by finding the right breaker switch. The reason there may be a burning smell could be due to many things, such as:

  • Exposed wiring
  • Damaged wiring
  • Wiring that was not installed correctly
  • An overload on your circuit board
  • A fire in the outlet box
  • A foreign object caught up in the box

Any of these issues that cause a burning smell in your outlets will need to be looked at by a trained electrician. Remember the most important thing to do is to sniff out where the smell is coming from and switch off the panel to that area.

Have you noticed any of these signs? If so, contact John Goudie Electric right away!

Other Signs You May Want to Look for

There are other signs that there is a problem that may show up alongside the burning smell. These may include an outlet cover that is discolored, receiving a tingling feeling when you first plug in a small electrical device, an outlet that is hot when touched or popping or sizzling sounds coming from the outlet.

Whether these signs are evident or you just smell the burning smell, it is important to have the problem looked at as soon as possible.

Why You Should Call a Trained Electrician

Electrical work is not something you want to fiddle with on your own unless you are fully trained. Working on your home’s electrical work in a DIY capacity could lead to bigger issues and you may end up electrocuted or causing major damage to your home.

Electrical Services throughout Northern Virginia & Southern Maryland

No matter your electrical needs, the professionals at John Goudie Electric can help. With over 25 years of experience, we can tackle any issue you throw at us promptly and efficiently! Our certified experts are ready and waiting to assist you with all of your electrical needs. Contact John Goudie Electric today at (301) 710-5968 for electrical service and repair throughout Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland!