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Is it Time to Rewire My Home?

Is it Time to Rewire My Home?

March 27, 2019

Sometimes it can short-circuit your brain to know what all the warning signs are as to whether or not it’s time to get new wiring throughout your home. There are also many reasons why your house may need rewiring, but typically it’s for safety reasons.

Own an old house? It might be time for a rewiring!

If you own an older home, that’s a red flag that you may require new wiring. In 2008, a study conducted by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) found insulation around wires to be the top cause of electrical fires in the country. And these homes built 50+ years ago can light up like a match if not looked at by a professional! On occasion, rewiring may not be necessary if your existing electrical system can be brought up to date and proven entirely safe for you and your family to live worry-free.

Why does older wiring cause fires?

With age, just like people, wiring can wear down and not work as well as it used to. Older wiring isn’t always able to handle the electrical overload of the typical 21st century home. Computers, laptops, cell phones, TVs, hairdryers, microwaves, dishwashers, washers, and dryers can all cause the wires to overheat and catch fire, if not properly insulated. After time, insulation breaks down and wiring deteriorates, leaving a hazard for any homeowner.

Who are you going to call?

So what’s the protocol for knowing when your house is at risk or safe? There are a few ways to know for sure. Call in a reliable and professional electrician, such as Accurate Electric Plumbing, Heating and Air, and schedule an electrical inspection for your entire home.

In addition to calling in the experts, you can look for the following four signs it’s time for new wiring:

  • Your circuit breaker trips frequently
  • You have aluminum wiring
  • You have many discolored or charred outlets and switches
  • You notice a persistent burning smell

The smartest and safest way to know if your home needs rewiring is to call in the professionals at Accurate Electrical Plumbing, Heating and Air to get a full electrical inspection from top to bottom!

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