When is it time for an electrical wiring upgrade?

An electrical wiring project can be both chaotic and costly, but there are times when one is necessary to protect the safety, convenience and value of your largest investment: your home.

The lights come on when you flip the switch, your computer and television both work when plugged in, and your washing machine completes a cycle with no problems. That must mean that that all of your electrical wiring is in great shape, right?  Not necessarily.  There may be instances where you need to upgrade your electrical wiring to meet current codes, or for safety or because of the most common reason: the wiring no longer meets your family’s electrical needs.

So how do you know when it’s time to upgrade your wiring?  Answer these simple questions:

  • How old is your house and what kind of wiring does it have?
  • Do you have enough power coming into your home to for your electrical needs?
  • Do you have a tangle of extension cords and power strips sprouting from a single outlet or lurking behind walls, ceilings and cover plates?
  • Have you seen any of the signs that indicate electrical danger (fire hazards):
  • Breakers that trip repeatedly?
  • A tingling sensation when you touch an appliance?
  • Flickering or dimming lights?
  • A burning smell from a room, appliance, or outlet?
  • Warm, discolored or sparking outlets?
  • Two-prong ungrounded outlets throughout your home?
  • No ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in your kitchens, baths and other rooms that are exposed to moisture
  • Will your home insurance provider give you a discount for upgrading your wiring?
  • Does my home have aluminum wiring?
  • Do you want to add structured wiring (heavy-duty cables that enable the latest features of televisions, stereo equipment, computers and even smart wiring.)

Upgrading your wiring is a big job: for one very simple reason: All the wires in your home are behind the walls.  If you don’t know when your wiring was last inspected, it’s worth paying a licensed electrician to inspect it.

For more information on scheduling an inspection of your electrical system, call us today at 713-722-5000.

 

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