Why Should You Update Your Home’s Electrical Wiring?
When you flip the switch when you walk into your home, the lights turn on. When you turn on your dishwasher, it hums into action.
We rarely think about the electricity that runs throughout our homes. When everything works, why give your electrical wiring a thought?
Consider, for a moment, how old your home is. Now think about how old the wiring is running behind your walls.
You’ve replaced your dishwasher, maybe even upgraded your light fixtures. What about your electrical wiring?
The National Electric Code upgrades its electrical standards every three years. They look at new technology, risk factors, and other upgrades when determining what will better keep your home safe from harm.
Think the codes have changed a bit since your home was built?
You might be in need of an upgrade if your home has:
Old wiring – homes built in the 1960s and 1970s used aluminum wiring. Homes in the 1940s and 1950s used non-metallic wiring. Any one of these is at risk for loose connections and wear-and-tear.
Two pronged outlets – if you still have old two pronged outlets, they are ungrounded and pose a risk to you and your electronics and technology, even if you plug in a surge protector.
GFCI – do your outlets have TEST and RESET buttons on receptacles in critical locations, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms? If not, you’re at risk for shocks and surges.
AFCI – AFCIs prevent fire by breaking the circuit as needed. They are now required in all bedrooms across America.
You may also be in need of upgraded wiring if you have:
- Blown fuses
- Tripped breakers
- Use extension cords to have access to more power
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Scorched outlets
- Burning smell when you plug something in
Don’t take a chance; your family’s safety is at stake. Find out today if you’re home needs an electrical wiring upgrade.