Electrical wiring is designed to last a long time, which is why you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about yours. However, over time, the wiring will begin to degrade, which can reduce its effectiveness and put your home at risk. If your electrical system is acting up, it is important to pay close attention. Ignoring electrical issues (or failing to recognize when they are occurring) can result in appliance failure, electrocution, and even electrical fires.
Not sure if it’s time to rewire your home? Continue to discover 6 surefire signs that it’s time for an electrical system upgrade.
Your Home Is Old
If your home is 50 years old or older, the wiring inside is likely just as old. Once wiring reaches a certain age (around 40), it begins to break down. Old wiring is incapable of supporting modern electrical needs, so you will likely be able to pick up on signs of an aging system.
Your Wiring Is Aluminum
Aluminum wiring was extremely popular in the years between 1965 and 1973 because it was cheap and easy to install; however, electricians quickly noticed that this type of wiring was ineffective and dangerous. In fact, a home with aluminum wiring is at a much greater risk of experiencing a house fire.
Your Lights Are Flickering
If your lights are flickering, buzzing, or dimming, something is wrong with your electrical system. Many people report that their lights start acting up as soon as they start running appliances in their home, such as their washing machine.
Your Outlets Are Discolored or Hot
Hot or scorched outlets and light switches are a very serious problem. This issue indicates that your wiring has overheated and likely produced sparks, which is a surefire sign of faulty wiring.
Your Circuit Breaker Trips Often
If your circuit breaker trips every time you run too many appliances at once, your electrical system is not capable of supporting your electrical needs. Circuit breakers are designed to protect your home from power surges, and they are not providing the same level of protection to your home if they are constantly tripping.
You Don’t Have Enough Outlets
These days, we rely much more heavily on electricity to get us through the day. If you find that you are using a ton of extension cords and power strips to make up for the lack of outlets in your home, your electrical system is not designed to meet your electrical needs.
You Discover Chewed Wiring
If you come across frayed or chewed wiring in your home, you need to schedule an electrical inspection right away. Damaged wiring is a significant shock and fire hazard, and it needs to be addressed ASAP.
Call AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric!
As the most trusted name in home services, AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric is here to take care of your electrical system. If your system is acting up, you can count on us to provide a dependable and lasting solution. Equipped with state-of-the-art tools and technology, our wiring and rewiring experts always get the job done right the first time around.
In addition to rewiring, our electricians offer the following services:
- Arc fault protection
- Circuit breakers
- Electrical repair
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
- Lighting and ceiling fans
- Outlets, switches, and receptacles
- Panel upgrades and repairs
- Generator repair and installation
- Whole-house surge protection
- Outdoor lighting
For any questions or concerns, please reach out to our team online or by calling (303) 622-3449. We look forward to serving you!