Electrical System New Year's Resolutions
This New Year, Make a Few Resolutions for Your Electrical System
The new year is a perfect time for homeowners to upgrade their home’s electrical systems. While taking stock of and making plans for a new year, it’s easy to overlook the house’s needs. But, a home’s electrical system is vital for everyday functions. And an old system can be dangerous or just downright frustrating. Luckily, it’s easy to get a home upgraded and up to date when homeowners know what they’re looking for and how it works. So read on to discover how to upgrade a home’s electrical system.
Replace Worn-Out Wires
It’s hard for homeowners to determine if their home’s wiring is worn out or old. After all, unless they open up the walls, they can’t see the wires. As such, there are a few signs they can look out for that signal worn out wires that should be replaced.
Dimming or flickering light bulbs are one indication that the home’s wiring is old. Another sign is warm spots at the outlets or the light switches. If they seem warm for any reason, it indicates worn wiring and could be a fire hazard. Any buzzing that homeowners hear is also an indication that the wiring is old and should be replaced. Electrical systems should operate silently at all times. Noise from the walls, outlets, or switches means nothing good.
Replacing worn-out wires not only makes the home safer, but it can also end up saving homeowners money since their system will begin to operate efficiently from then on.
Get Outlets Inspected
Electrical outlets are another great indication of an electrical system’s health. This is why it’s crucial to have them inspected by a professional. But, barring that, there are a few signs homeowners should look out for that indicate bad outlets.
The first sign that outlets need replacing is any sort of black scorch marks around them. This is a sure sign that something is wrong and needs to be addressed for the safety of the household. If the plastic around the outlet is cracked, chipped, or broken, it’s time to replace the outlet and the cover. Finally, if a cord plugged into an outlet is loose, it means the connections inside the outlet are worn down. All plugs should fit snugly and securely into wall outlets.
Keep From Overloading
With the rate of technological advancement and new appliances that come out, it’s easy for homeowners to overload their home’s electrical system. Knowing how much any given breaker can handle is a great way to prevent overloading. Homeowners that find themselves constantly tripping breakers should know that they are definitely overloading their system.
Luckily, it’s relatively easy to update the breaker box, provided the capacity is there to handle it. But, since safety is always paramount when working on electricity, homeowners are advised to call a professional before working on any part of their electrical system. This way, they can stay safe while getting their system where it needs to be.
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