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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Electrical Wiring?

time-to-upgrade-electrical-systemIn a previous blog post, we talked about some of the issues you might face if you need electrical repair services in Franklin, TN: flickering lights, a tripped circuit breaker, or singed outlets being a few of them. If you have an older home with an equally old electrical system, then there’s a very good reason to be concerned. Electrical problems can be serious, even if their symptoms don’t seem that intimidating. In fact, electrical fires account for hundreds of home-related tragedies a year, many of which are preventable.

It could be that you need electrical repair to one area of your system—but another possibility is that you should upgrade your electrical system entirely. That is, invest in a whole-home rewiring. Doing so will reduce the risk of electrical fires or shock, but how do you know if your home is actually in need of one? The fact of the matter is that you can’t always tell, but we hope that the information we’ve shared below will help shed some light on this issue—no pun intended!

Signs that Rewiring Services Are Imminent

There are some signs you can watch out for that indicate it’s time to call in a professional electrician for rewiring. Any electrical problems your home might be experiencing put your home at risk. While in the most ideal situations it will only require a quick fix, in some cases it could mean that your electrical system needs a major overhaul.

  • You’re constantly resetting breakers or replacing fuses
  • Your lights are frequently flickering or dimming. Even if this only happens while you’re using another appliance, it indicates that your circuits are overloaded when they shouldn’t be.
  • You have light switches that are hot to the touch, and light bulbs that burn out too quickly.
  • You hear buzzing coming from your light fixtures, walls, or the circuit breaker panel.
  • You detect a burning smell from outlets or anywhere in your home.
  • There are signs of sparks when you plug something in, or electrical shock.

Other Signs That It Is Time for an Electrical System Upgrade

Okay, so maybe none of the examples above apply to you, but you have an older home and have some concerns about your electrical system’s integrity. Do any of the following apply to you? If they do, you may want to call in a professional electrician to at least conduct an inspection to learn the condition of your electrical system.

  • Your home is several decades old and your electrical system is even older—or you’ve just moved in and don’t know when the last electrical inspection was.
  • You find yourself using a lot of power strips or extension cords with extra outlets to power up all your home’s appliances and devices.
  • You’ve installed new fixtures that require a lot of voltage.
  • There are two-pronged outlets throughout your home—these are particularly not ideal in rooms that use water, such and your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

At Covenant Heating and Cooling, we are “Dedicated to the Promise of Serving You.” Contact us today for quality electrical and HVAC services!

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