The holiday season is officially here. Halloween has long gone, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and before you know it, we will be counting down the final seconds of 2016. As we get ready to ring in the new year, it’s a good idea to start thinking about resolutions.
A fresh start on January 1st is the perfect time to embrace a little change. A better healthier, lifestyle, a more promising career, and a new electrical system.
It may not be the first change that comes to mind when you think of altering your life for the better this New Year’s, but upgrading the internal wiring of your house may be just the makeover you and your home deserve. Here’s how to know if your home is in need of an updated and upgraded electrical wiring system, and the many benefits that one can provide.
How the Electrical System Works
Before you can assess whether or not an upgrade is in order, it’s important to first understand the basic operations of the wiring in your home. In essence, your home’s electrical system is like the body’s circulatory system.
The electrical panel acts like the body’s heart, pumping power through the circuits (like the veins) to all the appliances and outlets in your home. An old electrical panel or less than effective circuits means your appliances aren’t getting ample blood flow of electricity. Hence, they won’t function at their best.
What a Typical Upgrade Involves
Giving your electrical system a makeover doesn’t necessarily mean altering the wiring itself. Instead, upgrades typically involve replacing or repairing the panel so that more power can be brought into the home. Updating the circuit breaker box will allow it to handle more power. An upgrade can also involve fixing your meter or adding new outlets or additional circuits to facilitate a better distribution of power.
How to Determine if You Need an Upgrade
There are a few key signs and symptoms that indicate a less than effective electrical system. If you notice these signs within your home, then that means you are probably due for an upgrade.
First, if your circuit breakers trip frequently then it is safe to assume they would benefit from a little repair or even an entire overhaul. Circuit breakers typically last anywhere from 25 to 40 years, so if yours is older than that then think about investing in a new one.
Another warning sign of an outdated circuit breaker is one that only has a few circuits and doesn’t trip often. This too can indicate a need for a replacement. Also, if the act of turning on appliances causes your lights to dim and/or you have to stretch your outlet availability with extension cords and adaptors, you may want to consider some electrical work. Lastly, the installation of a major energy-consuming appliance may also require a better, more efficient system.
These are the most common reasons that suggest a need for an update. Remember that there are numerous others that only a professional electrician would be able to assess and diagnose. Home wiring issues can pose a variety of dangers and hazards. Always consult with a professional prior to any major changes.