In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics for keeping your device power cords in good shape and free of damage. Many of us don’t think much about our cords and chargers until something goes wrong with them, but some very simple steps will help prevent any issues that might damage not only the cords themselves, but also the devices they power.
At FixIT Mobile, we’re here to help for a huge range of device repairs, from iPhone and Android repairs to laptop and computer repair, tablet repair and many others. We’ve assisted clients with numerous cord-related concerns in the past and we’ll be happy to do so for you as well. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll dig into how to proceed if damage has already occurred to a power cord for one of your major devices, especially if you have concerns about how this damage may have impacted the device.
Importance of Immediate Cord Repairs
First and foremost, one of the key areas to be aware of here is the need for immediate repairs when issues begin taking place with power cords. There are certain computer or device glitches or problems that can be ignored without much risk – cord issues are not among them.
This is for a few distinct reasons:
- Shock risk: Most important here is your safety, which could be at risk if you continue to use a damaged power cord that may transmit an electrical shock while your device is connected to it. In certain worst-case scenarios, such instances have resulted in fatalities.
- Damage risks: Damaged electrical cords also carry significant additional damage risk to other areas, including surrounding areas based on overheating or even the potential to start fires.
- Device issues: Finally, continuing to use a damaged power cord will often damage the device itself.
One common route consumers take if they notice damage to an electrical cord is to wrap it in electrical tape. While this method may work temporarily, it should not be considered a long-term solution and will not make the situation safer or less risky in most cases.
Never Attempt Self Repairs
An important word from our repair professionals: Unless you have specific electrical training in these areas, you absolutely should not ever attempt repairs on a damaged power cord for any of your devices. Attempting to do so not only risks your personal safety, but also risks making the damage worse and actually creating further issues than were already present.
For more on how to handle device power cord damage and repair needs, or to learn about any of our device repair services, speak to the staff at FixIT Mobile today.