If you’re experiencing issues with the electricity in your home, or want to increase the value and safety of your house, it may be time to consider an electrical wiring upgrade. The experts at A+ Services have the knowledge and experience to take the pain out of electrical services in the Puget sound area, including crucial wiring upgrades. Here are a few common scenarios that call for updating or upgrading your wiring.
Increased Electrical Demand
We have more gadgets and appliances using electricity in our homes than ever before. That places high demand on electrical systems, especially in older homes that run on sixty amps. If you’ve ever experienced a brownout, you know that it wreaks havoc on your electronics; you should also know that your home, and not your utility company, can be a source of electrical dips and spikes. However, it’s not just a matter of upping the current; the wiring itself needs to be adequate to handle the increased load.
Wiring that’s outdated is often unsafe. Since homes that haven’t been renovated can have the same wiring for decades or longer (see below), we’ve come across homes with knob-and-tube wiring from the turn of the last century, aluminum wiring from the 1960s and 70s, and DIY jobs by prior homeowners that left us surprised that the home was still standing. Because faulty and unsafe wiring is a top cause of home fires, this is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Bringing your home up to code is another reason to update or upgrade your electrical system — and a good one, at that. Most older homes are exempted from building code updates, but there are always exceptions. Remodeling, renovations, and additions are high on that list, since an electrical inspection will be part of your completed project. We understand that these projects can be disruptive to begin with, but it can be a good idea to take this opportunity to upgrade the wiring elsewhere in your home as well. We know the building codes at the state and local levels, so we’ll help you stay on the right side of the law and minimize stress.
Earlier, we mentioned the many devices that use power in our homes. However, all that gadgetry places demands on your cable and internet connectivity, too. As our connected lives have evolved, so too have our electrical systems. Structured wiring can help your home better handle the load, and can also encompass a wide range of connected devices, from security systems to smart thermostats and the growing number of devices that take advantage of the IoT (Internet of Things).
That Nagging Feeling…
Sometimes we suspect something’s wrong with the electrical, but we can’t quite put our finger on it (which is just as well — that can be dangerous). In all seriousness, there are some common signs you should be mindful of, since they’ll alert you to the need for electrical service:
- Repeated circuit tripping or blown fuses
- Lights that flicker or dim
- Outlets that are warm to the touch, or discolored
- Ungrounded (two-prong) outlets
- Outlets in humid areas that lack ground fault circuit interrupters
- A burning or fishy smell (burning plastic or wiring insulation sometimes has a fishy odor)
- Feeling a tingling sensation when you touch appliances
A rule of thumb in life is that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Since electrical work that’s done incorrectly can lead to property damage, fires, and worse, why take your chances? Call A+ Services for electrical repairs (we offer emergency electrical service), or a consultation if you’re not sure whether or not to replace or upgrade your wiring.