Quick! You wake up, late for work, to find that your alarm clock is off. But the power... the power's still on. What happened? Well, your trusty alarm clock might just have been plugged into a less trusty outlet that refuses to grip onto anything plugged into it. Those loose plugs sometimes fall out completely, leaving you late for work with a possible fire hazard on your hands.
When you plug something in that doesn't feel quite snug, it's probably the plug. But when nothing seems to grip tightly into your outlet, you know that old, worn contacts are to blame.
Loose contacts aren't able to securely grip your plug. That missed connection can cause electrical arcing, a major risk for house fires.
If you're noticing plugs slide and fall right out of one of your home's outlets (it happens more frequently with two-prong plugs of small tech), it's definitely time to replace your old receptacle.
Good news is it's easy to do yourself. Apartment Therapy LA linked to a great how-to guide that'll help even the most novice handyman get the job done. All you have to pay for is the parts—about $2.
If you're all thumbs when it comes to DIY home reapirs, get a professional to install new outlets for $8 to $10 a piece (But be aware that most electricians will have a minimum charge for your bill).