If your home appears fully functional, it can be easy to assume that there’s no need to evaluate the electrical wiring. However, in some cases, it might be time for an update to ensure that your family’s power needs are being met. This is especially true of homes that are more than 40 years old. So, how do you know if you should consider looking into an electrical wiring upgrade?
One of the most important things to check for in your home are safety hazards that could be lurking under the surface. Old wiring may not be inherently dangerous, but it’s a good idea to make sure that the system is up to code, especially because the materials have endured years of use. Defective or damaged wiring is a common cause of house fires, so take the time to see if your electrical wiring is outdated.
Another safety concern in older homes is aluminum wiring. Some homes built in the 1960s and early 1970s have this type of wiring, which can loosen over time and cause overheating. This may also lead to residential fires. An electrical inspection can determine if this might be a problem in your home.
The power needs of the average home have also changed over the years, so you might need more power than what an outdated electrical system can offer. This is not only an inconvenience, but it can be damaging to some electronics.
There are also some key clues to look out for. For example, have you noticed sparking outlets? What about flickering lights, or a tingling sensation when you touch an appliance? These may be warning signals that your system needs an update. For your peace of mind, it’s wise to contact a licensed electrician to take a look.
An electrical wiring upgrade is no DIY job, so don’t hesitate to contact the professionals. At J.M. Mullen Electrical Services, we have the expertise and dedication to tackle your project. We’re committed to getting the job done right, so you can rest assured that your home’s electrical needs are in good hands. Contact us at jmmullenelectric.com, or 410-266-6316.