problems with small appliances
I am having trouble with small appliances dying and running very hot. Particularly hair appliances! Before moving to this house my expensive flat iron lasted four years. I went through three of the same reliable model the first year we lived here, and finally gave up and bought something less expensive, and since then I still have to replace them frequently because they stop working. I know very little about electrical work, but the outlets in our bathrooms are all basic outlets, not the kind with the reset switch. I have also had two iPhone cords melt while just plugged into the wall in my bedroom in the last 6 months, without anything else plugged into the outlet. The power cords on my MacBook and HP laptop run extremely hot when plugged into my bedroom outlets- like so hot my kids are afraid to be near them - but I know it's not an issue with the actual laptops because they both have excellent performance specs. A new issue is that the both laptops will randomly show that they aren't plugged in, like I need to flip the circuit, but the circuit isn't flipped. Every time this happens I just switch outlets, but later if I plug something back into the outlet that wasn't working it is suddenly working again all on it's own. I know it's not the computers or power cords because it happens on two different computers and on one of them I switched out the power cord.
A couple of years ago there was light flickering in the bathroom (same one with hair appliances dying), and then one day I noticed melting around the light switch. I really wanted to call an electrician, but my husband is pretty handy (and maybe a little overconfident since he's been able to tackle plumbing and other big repair projects without any problems and is really all around awesome about fixing problems around the house:), so he replaced the whole unit and we haven't had any lights flickering in any other rooms.
I just lost another hair appliance, and I'm getting fed up. I guess I'm wondering if I'm abusing our outlets, or if this warrants me being annoying and pushing my husband about getting an electrician to check it out? Could any of this be preventing by surge protectors? I assume if the issue is electrical surges, though, wouldn't that trip a breaker? (see, I really don't know anything about electrical stuff)
If it matters, we do not have any of these problems with the outlets in our kitchen or office area, which have at least twice as many appliances and electronics in use. The problems seem isolated to my upstairs bedroom and downstairs bathroom, which do share one wall.