Although it might seem a little preposterous on its face, homeowners don’t upgrade their electrical systems nearly as often as they should. On a level, this is somewhat understandable. After all, as electrical systems age, they really become more inconveniences rather than something that breaks and doesn’t work altogether.
And sure, there’s certainly a safety argument to be made for replacing an electrical system. After all, the longer a system is neglected, the more likely they are to become a potential fire hazard. But the real reason most don’t get it upgraded is because even when they know they need to, they don’t know where to start.
That’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here are the reasons why you need to upgrade your electrical system and what the signs are that it’s time. Let’s jump right in.
Why your system needs an upgrade
In most cases where we’ve entered a home to do an upgrade, we’ll find a system that’s reflective of the time period in which the house was built. Of course, that can be good and bad! The main problem is that while older systems can take a lot of wear and tear (there is a lot of truth to ‘they don’t build ‘em like they used to’) – most of those systems were built to sustain a very low level of amperage. With all the demands modern electronics place on home systems – it can make it very easy to overheat the system and potentially cause a fire.
Another problem with older systems is that sometimes the circuit breakers will cease to trip when they get overloaded and as a result, you’ll get overheating and fires. Sometimes it’s because the breaker is old, but it can also be due to poor maintenance and not keeping an eye on things like loose connections and faulty wiring. So right off the bat – older systems carry a lot of risk with them and if you live in an older home; it’s probably time to consider something new.
How do I know it needs to be replaced?
There are a few signs to look out for that will indicate that it might be time to replace your electrical system. That being said – if you experience any of these things, it’s time to call in a certified electrician just to be safe.
Be on the lookout for:
- Frequent tripping of circuit breakers and blown fuses
- You purchase a home with very few outlets in the wall; particularly three-pronged outlets
- Lights that flicker and/or dim when other appliances come on
- Minor shocks when you touch appliances
- Burning smells of any kind
If you see any of these issues in your home, it’s time to call a professional and it’s likely time for you to upgrade your electrical system.
To learn more about when it’s time to upgrade your system or to have us do a free walk-through, be sure to contact us today! Good luck!