Your electrical system is a vital part of your home. It’s important for it to work correctly for your family’s safety and comfort. If you have electrical problems, it is essential to have them repaired quickly as they can be dangerous.
One thing you can do to avoid electrical problems is to take care of your electrical system. You can learn some signs to look for that may indicate there is a problem with your home’s electrical system and that it may be time to have your home rewired. Here are some of these signs.
If the wiring in your home has not been updated for many decades, it could be time to update. Electrical problems can cause a fire, and outdated wiring is a common cause of electrical problems. Old wiring can degrade, which can cause a number of problems.
One problem with old wiring is that it’s not always able to handle modern power demands. So, if your home is old, consider having it rewired. It will be safer and work better.
Discolored Outlets or Switches
Discolored switches and outlets are often caused by wires that have degraded or have a loose connection. This problem can allow sparks to occur, which could cause small fires that can burn outlets or switches, sometimes warping or discoloring them.
When wires are loose or degrading, they generally get worse over time. So, the sparks tend to get larger and become more dangerous, and they could cause a larger fire or shock. So, look out for this problem, and if you see it, have your outlets or switches checked by an electrician.
Continual Unidentified Burning Smell
The same sparks caused by loose or degrading wiring that can burn and discolor outlets or switches can cause a burning smell. But this sort of faulty wiring can occur in other places as well, possibly in your walls. These problems could be burning the plastic casing covering your wires, thus causing the burning smell. If you notice the smell of burnt plastic that may be coming from your walls, be sure to promptly call an electrician before a fire starts.
Circuit Breakers Frequently Trip
A circuit breaker’s job is to cut off the supply of electricity if a circuit goes beyond the number of amps it was designed to hold. This is good because when these circuit breakers work right, they prevent dangerous surges of electricity from happening, thus helping to prevent electrical fires. However, circuit breakers can wear out, and if they do, they may not correctly judge the amount of electricity flowing through them. If this happens, they may trip too often. Or, they could stop working.
These are just some of the signs that may indicate your house may need to be rewired. So, if you see these signs or have other frequent problems with your home’s electrical system, consider having your home rewired.
If you would like more information about having your home rewired or would like to make an appointment for any electrical issues, call Clark Electric at 844-431-8050 or connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.