How To Know If Your Electrical Wiring Needs Upgrading?
People who do not have much idea about the working of electrical systems think that uninterruptedly functioning switches, appliances, etc. are an indicator of zero electricity problems. However, there can be minor issues lying underneath that may amplify and cause some major disruption later on. For homes that are older than 40 years or more and have never had any electrical inspection done, a wiring upgrade project may be crucial.
The major problem with dated wires, especially the ones from ‘60s and ‘70s era, is that their conductor portions are made of aluminium rather than copper. Nowadays, aluminum wires are used extensively in industries; their utilisation in residential properties is very rare.
Upgrading the entire wiring system of a residential property can be a time-consuming project, but is worth every dollar if the existing wires are really old and potentially dangerous. It has been found from extensive studies that outdated wires are one of the leading causes for house fires. Besides that, they can also be responsible for frequent power outages. Let’s have a look at some telltale signs that scream for a wiring upgrade project:
Repeatedly blowing fuses or tripping breakers
Dimming or flickering lights
Very mild shocks delivered by appliances
Sparking, discoloured or warm outlets
Burning odours from appliances or a room
In addition to all of these, absence of GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in bathrooms, kitchens and other places with abundant moisture may also call for a wiring upgrade. Ungrounded 2-prong outlets present all throughout the house require the same solution.
Not always may a complete wiring upgrade be necessary because sometimes, only a few components might need to be replaced. However, nothing can be known until a proper inspection has been done. Therefore, the first step towards upgrading the wiring of a residence is hiring an electrician to perform a thorough inspection.
Replacing dated wires with modern ones has a wide range of advantages. Firstly, it would prevent the likeliness of dangers & potential hazards such as electric shock and fires. Secondly, it will help to make significant energy savings and thereby, cut down on power expenses. Thirdly, it will reduce the need for frequent electrical repairs in the long run. Above all, it would ensure the safety of the residing family.
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