Frayed electrical cords are cords that are worn-out at a point, thereby exposing the live wires in the cable. Almost every appliance comes with an attached cord to plug into a power source or an external cord to power it when needed. Most wires are durable, but even so, they are prone to wear and tear.
Causes of Frayed Electric Cord
Frequent use of an appliance or device
The electric cords on frequently used devices like phones have a shorter lifespan than those that are not used so often.
Improper Care of Electric Cords
Cables can be found in all types of places around a home. Some owners keep them in all the wrong places such as under the rug, hanging on a wall and even twisted in a bag. With this kind of treatment, the lifespan of the cords won’t last long, which is an expensive and time consuming problem.
What To Do When An Electric Cord IS Frayed
You might be tempted to either fix the cord yourself or throw out the appliance altogether. But there are a few things you can do to solve this problem:
Extension cord: If the frayed cord is an extension cord, it is preferable to dispose of it and purchase a new one.
Use an electric tape
Rather than throw out your appliance, you can try a safe DIY by using electrical tape. Purchase some electric tape and wrap it neatly and tightly around the frayed spot while the device is unplugged and cold. Be mindful that using electrical tape is neither pretty nor durable as this is just a temporary fix to allow you use the cord for a bit more time.
Sugru is a reliable, moldable and rubber-like material that can serve much longer in restoring your cord. Simply mold Sugru on the frayed part and allow it to sit for 24 hours. Afterward, your cable is restored, and you have a more durable solution than electrical tape.
Contact an Electrician
While DIY is quick and temporarily effective, it is always safer to contact a local electrician for your electrical problems. Frayed cords are more dangerous than they look and can cause electrical injuries or even start a fire. If you cannot replace the cable or discard the appliance, then a professional electrician can provide a better solution.
Also, you can maintain your electrical cords and cables by keeping them in safe, out of sight places and not pulling them while plugged into an outlet.
We have recently worked with a customer at West Beach who had a frayed cord connected to her washing machine. She was unaware of this and her washing machine tripped her power. When we arrived, we found the cord to be frayed, most likely chewed by a mouse/possum. It is not often that most people would check the cords on their washing machines which is why this problem went un-noticed for so long. It is hard to say how long the cord had been frayed but it was definitely enough to make this customer buy a new washing machine.