10:16AM | 09/03/02
Member Since: 09/02/02
14 lifetime posts
My home was built in 1941 and has a mixed batch of grounded (Newer wiring) and ungrounded wiring. My wife recently showed me that when the vacuum is run from a specific outlet in the living room the prongs are hot (doesn’t actually burn the skin but it is still hot) immediately after running the vacuum. This is the only outlet we have noticed this problem on. The outlet does have a ground plug but I have not yet opened it up to see if it is truly grounded.

Does anyone know what could be causing this? Is this something to be concerned with and if so what is the concern?


harold endean

10:59AM | 09/03/02
Member Since: 08/30/02
23 lifetime posts
Is the receptacle very loose. By that I mean, if you push in the plug, it should be snug. If it is very loose or falls out, then the receptacle should be replaced. Receptacles should hold in the plug snuggly, when they get old, the contacts inside the receptacle get loose. That makes for a high resistance contact. That heats up the contacts and makes the plug feel warm. This could be one of the reasons.
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