Updating 2 prong 3 prong outlets
A household contains many different types of electrical outlets. Besides age, outlets vary on amp, model, and features.Outlets such as GFCI and AFCI protect from shock, while switched and smart outlets easily turn off power with the press of a button.Generally you can follow where they were placed on the previous outlet as a guide, but the logic goes, wires that come from the breaker panel need to be attached into the screws designated “load” on the mounting bracket and wires that go to the rest of outlets in the circuit need to be attached to the screws labeled “line”. If your electrician told you that your home’s wiring has been grounded all you need to do to ground your newly wired outlet is to run a grounding wire from the green screw on your new outlet’s mounting bracket to the grounding screw in your electrical box.
Since modern electronics and appliances require higher energy usage, more precautions must be set in place.
Make sure both receptacles on the outlet are no longer conducting electricity, as some outlets have two circuits and others may have a wall switch that controls the top or bottom of a double/duplex outlet. You can use a screwdriver or drill to remove it, just make sure that whatever you use has a rubber or other non-metal grip — even though you’ve turned off the power to the circuit you’re working on, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Unscrew both of these and carefully pull the outlet out of the box.