The home electrical system remains one of the most overlooked features of a house. Many people do not look at their electric systems until their breakers start tripping or they become a fire hazard. Still, many more only think about their home electrical systems only when they need to remodel or sell their homes. That said, there are valid, and sometimes safety, reasons to upgrade your home electrical system.
Signs that you need to upgrade
One of the surest signs that you need to upgrade your electrical system is if your breakers are tripping frequently. When a breaker trips, it means there is either an overload on the circuit or there is a short circuit somewhere. There may also be multiple shorts that could trip the breaker at different times depending on what outlets are in use. If this happens, upgrade your electric system. Closely related to this is if your fuses keep blowing.
If your lights keep dimming or flickering, it is time to upgrade your electrical system. Besides this, you may get a tingling sensation when you touch any of your appliances, especially on areas with exposed metal. This may be because of a grounding issue. If you have outlets that use two prongs, that means they are not grounded. They present a fire hazard and need to be upgraded immediately.
When your electrical system is burning out, you may get a burning smell from one of your rooms or appliances. You may also see discolored, sparking have warm outlets. If this happens, your electrical system may need an overhaul.
Upgrading your electrical system
It is always important to upgrade the physical aspects of your electrical system before thinking of any other upgrades. Such physical features include outlets, breakers and circuit boards. Once you do this, it’s time to rewire the house. This is important if you have breakers tripping or fuses burning up. Before you upgrade your wiring though, find out how much energy your home consumes so you can get the right wiring and any other fixings you need. Once you have done this, it’s time to call the professionals.
The professionals will upgrade your panel so you get more power for your home from your power company. Do not do this yourself as you risk getting electrocuted. The electricians can replace your meter and circuit breakers as part of your upgrade. You could also ask them to check all your fuses and grounding to ensure everything works as it ought to. Besides adding new meters, panels or circuit breakers, an upgrade to your home’s electrical system might for a total replacement of old, damaged, obsolete and dangerous circuit breakers, panels and meters.
Another upgrade to consider is adding extra circuits to areas that need them. This would eliminate the need for extension cords that might be dangerous and could damage your appliances. You may need to add new electrical outlets for appliances that were previously served by the extension cables you just removed.