Has the wiring in your home ever been updated? When was your house built? Think about the difference in the number of electrical devices we used then, and what we use now. Chances are, unless your home is relatively new, your power requirements have increased since it was built.
Why Replace Your Wiring?
The most obvious reason is safety. Did you know that, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, the leading cause of fires in the home is faulty wiring? Another reason to consider updating your wiring is to improve the ability to keep up with current power demands. Another interesting fact – The National Electric Code updates codes and standards every three years to keep up with technological advances and has updated them for 2020.
Warning Signs That Your Wiring Should be Updated
We’ve compiled some of the common warning signs that an electrical update is in order. If you notice any of these issues, take action and give your wiring the update it needs.
Dimming or Flickering Lights
If you have lights that flicker when a larger appliance is used… or when the heating or air conditioning kicks in, this is letting you know that the system is nearly overloaded and ready for an upgrade. Sometimes the flickering is just a problem with the bulb or socket, but pay attention to this sign. If you have flickering or dimming throughout the whole house, this means you could have loose service conductors.
Electrical Outlet Problems
Burning Smell From Electrical Outlets
Don’t ignore this! Call an electrician immediately! A persistent burning smell from your outlets is a sign your outlets are broken and may be causing a fire inside the walls of your home.
Sparking, Discolored, or Warm Electrical Outlets
These incidents are other warning signs, indicating a short circuit or loose wires. It’s never normal to experience these things in your outlets.
Outdated Electrical Outlets
If you have two-prong, ungrounded outlets, or outlets, or non-GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets, update these right away, since they contribute to the safety of the electrical system in your home.
Shocking or Tingling When You Touch an Appliance
You should never get this sensation when you touch an appliance that’s plugged in. It means that you are at risk of a fire, or getting a severe, even deadly shock, as a result of a fault in your home’s electrical system.
Tripped Breakers and Blown Fuses
If you are experiencing blown fuses and/or tripped breakers now and then, that’s not a big deal. If it starts happening regularly, it typically means that your system needs to be updated to handle the load of modern electronics.
Consider the Age of Your Home Electrical System
Maybe you’re lucky not to have any of the symptoms we’ve shown here. If your house was built in the 1960s or 1970, aluminum wiring, a well-known safety hazard, was used. If it was made before that, and the wiring has never been updated, your wiring might not even be metallic. You should schedule an appointment to have your wiring updated as soon as possible!
Let Us Help You Update Your Electrical Wiring
Deshaies Electrical Services would love to help you feel safe and secure in your home. Reach out to us today, and we’ll schedule an appointment to come out and check your wiring. If you need an update, we will set up a time to visit your home and replace old wiring and outlets with new, modern materials that will help not only with safety but increasing the functionality of your home.