The lights come on when you flip a switch and the food in your fridge is nice and cold, so your electrical wiring is working just fine, right? Not necessarily. There are times, more so if your home is more than 35 years old, that you may need to upgrade the electrical wiring for safety reasons. The current wiring in your home may not be able to handle the power needs in your residence. The days when a television set, kitchen appliances and a few lamps were all that needed electricity are gone. As technology increases so does the need for additional electricity to power new devices. You may need to consider upgrading the electrical wiring in your home to ensure there’s enough power to use all this technology safely and efficiently.
Signs Your Older House Needs Electrical Wiring
The need for rewiring is more urgent in older homes. The number one cause of residential fires is caused by faulty or problematic wiring. That fact makes it very important to determine if your home needs to be rewired. The sooner, the better. If you live in an older home, there will be signs that you need professional help to upgrade your electrical wiring. These signs include:
• circuit breakers that trip
• fuses that blow often
• warm or discolored outlets
• electrical outlets that spark or
• flickering lights-
• tingling sensation when you touch an appliance
• a persistent burning smell from an appliance
• two-pronged outlets in the home
• no ground fault circuit outlets (GFCIs) in kitchens, bathrooms and any area that may be exposed to moisture
Electrical Inspection & Audit
What can you expect when you have the electrical wiring in your home upgraded? A licensed electrician will come to your home to perform an inspection. The inspection will determine whether or not your home can handle your current electrical needs. If the answer is no, he/she will explain what needs to be done. There are situations where you may need to upgrade the electrical receptacles and fixtures in your home as well. Then you can expect the following:
• The age of your home and the exterior of it will be factored into planning for the upgrade.
• The utility company will then need to disconnect the power to your home. The electrician will use a generator to power the tools needed to perform the job. Your home will not have power for the duration of the job.
• The new wiring will be installed along with a new panel and any additional circuits that have been deemed necessary.
• When the work is done, the electrician will have the power company come to your home to reinstate electricity.
Electrical Services in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter & Boca Raton & Palm Beach County Florida
The task of upgrading electrical wiring in a home is a big job and when the power to your home has been cut off it can be unnerving. Your worries can all be put to rest by hiring Simon Electric to do the job. Do you want to learn more about upgrading the electrical wiring in your home? Give us a call for a consultation today.