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Question DetailsAsked on 2/13/2018

why do prongs get very hot when only used about 10 mins

This is on my hoover upright vacuum . Only does it on one receptical .

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If only heating up on one outlet, then that outlet has poor contact with the prongs inside so the increased electrical resistance (from contact at only a small area or point rather than over a broad area of the prongs) is causing heating - the internal contacts have been bent or something is defective or broken, and it should be replaced (or at least not used for any high-amperage device like vacuum). If heating up significantly it is also pulling power which should be going to the vacuum, so at that outlet the vacuum would not be working as powerfully either.

Another possibility is a bad wiring connection from the household wiring to the receptable - or the wires were "stabbed" into the contact holes in the back instead of being properly wrapped around the mounting screws. Stabbed connections have a very small contact area so can result in severe overheating of the receptable - in my opinion they should be outlawed. Fine for table lamp and clock radio and such but plug a hair dryer or vacuum or countertop appliance into one connected that way and it is an invitation to trouble.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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