Should I Upgrade My Home Wiring?

Should I Upgrade My Home Wiring?

Even if the lights are working properly and there’s no issue with the television or other devices, this doesn’t necessarily mean the electrical wiring is fine. If your home is over 40 years old, you still may need to upgrade electrical wiring to stay safe.

While old wiring dating back to the 20th century may not be dangerous, there’s a possibility that it may not be up to code. Additionally, wire insulation can slowly deteriorate throughout the years.

If you spot one of the signs below in your home, it’s time to call a licensed electrician:

  • Fuses that constantly blow
  • Breakers that trip
  • Constantly dimming or flickering lights
  • Burning smell from an appliance
  • Outlets that begin to spark

Be Mindful of Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring is often found in homes that were erected in the 1960s and early 1970s. Over time these wires loosen which can be hazardous. Overheating can occur which can lead to a fire. The best option is to have an electrician undergo a thorough inspection of the home. Copper connectors, also known as Pigtails, may fix the issue.

Not Enough Power

In the past, sixty amps was acceptable for your home’s power but currently, houses typically need 200 amps. Consider the number of gadgets and appliances we use every day, from televisions and computers to air conditioners and microwave ovens.

If you don’t have sufficient power, then your appliances can get damaged. You’ll probably need to add outlets so you aren’t exhausting your power strips and extension cords.

Hire Ryan Electrical Services

Since wires are located behind the wall, rewiring is a lengthy process that must be done by a professional. This process involves getting to the wires, running new wires, connecting the wires to switches and outlets, closing up any holes and then cleaning up.

In some instances, you may need a top-to-bottom rewiring. This occurs when you add circuits to new appliances. Ryan Electrical Services has years of experience providing rewiring to residents in Rockland County, NY and the surrounding area. Give us a call today at (845) 513-3344.

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