Five Reasons You Need an Electrical Services Upgrade
Many homeowners dream about purchasing the perfect, custom-built or newer-model home, where everything from the painting, carpeting, landscaping, electrical services and wiring is new or near new. When the reality of the price tag sets in, however, many will settle for existing construction, likely built during the late 70s or early to mid 80s. While these homes remain structurally sound, the electrical systems may well be outdated.
Electricity is a necessity; and for this reason, a properly wired home is essential. Even if all seems well, are there signs that your home is in need of an electrical services upgrade? Keep your home’s electrical wiring above the fray of burnout and electrical failure by recognizing the following five signs.
Sign #1: Tripping Breakers or Blown Fuses
Especially troublesome and oftentimes unsafe, repeated, tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses indicate that your home’s wiring system is experiencing a frequent and unsustainable power load.
Sign #2: Flickering Lights and Unreliable Outlets
Flickering lights and unreliable outlets are annoying at best, but can also point to the fact that your home needs an electrical services upgrade. Contact a licensed electrical contractor if you are unable to connect the cause of flickering lights to a specific event, i.e., a heavy load coming onto the system, such as a large appliance.
Sign #3: Crackling or Buzzing Sounds
This could be the result of a loose wire connection or a bad circuit breaker, but might also be an indication of a more serious problem. Troubleshooting of loose connections, crackling sounds and buzzing is best left to the professionals, as this may warrant an electrical services upgrade, to maintain the safety of your home.
Sign #4: Planned Renovations
From simple renovations to full-scale home additions, many projects and alterations will put a heavier load on your electrical system. Thoroughly evaluate the need for an electrical services upgrade if you plan to add or renovate kitchens, laundry facilities or utility rooms, heated pools, hot tubs or saunas, sheds, pool houses or areas that will require 240v circuitry.
Sign #5: Outdated Two-pronged (non-grounded) Outlets
Even if your two-pronged outlets work properly, your home insurance company may require an electrical services upgrade, based on the age or style of your home’s wiring.
Maintain the maximum levels of safety and efficiency in your home by recognizing the need for an electrical services upgrade. The cost and estimated time for upgrade completion will depend on the age of the home, as well as the condition and available access to the electrical system. For the sake of speed, efficiency and safety, hire the expertise of a licensed electrical contractor.
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