Do you live in a home that was built in the 1980s or earlier? Older homes tend to have inadequate wiring for today’s multiple electrical needs. Faulty wiring is the second leading cause of house fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. Although an upgrade in wiring can be messy and expensive, there are times when it’s necessary to protect the safety and value of your home.
If the lights dim when you plug in an appliance, lights flicker for no reason, light bulbs burn out too quickly, or if you’re loading up outlets with power strips, it’s time to call a licensed electrician. The problem could be attributed to many different things, such as loose wiring, worn-out connections, or using too much voltage for the wiring capacity.
The standard for household power used to be 60 amps. Today, the standard is 200 amps to run air conditioners, flat-screen TVs, computer equipment, and other gadgets that may not have been around when your house was built. Not having enough power in the home could damage sensitive electronics. Adding outlets could be one solution to avoid burning up a power strip and damaging your devices. You should also consider updating the fuse box in your home to a 200-amp circuit breaker. This will provide you with more power and can protect against fires and shocks.
Updating wiring in the home is a big job since wires are behind the walls. That’s why the best time to consider a wiring upgrade would be during a large remodel project since most of the home will be torn apart already. It is also important to know your budget for a big wiring job, as updating the house could run you a few thousand dollars.
One smart investment when giving your home a wiring update is to consider structured wiring. These are heavy-duty cables that enable the latest features of electronics. While a standard wiring upgrade can help maintain the value of your home, structured wiring can increase it.
If you are in an older home and think it may be time to look at the electrical system, call a licensed electrician in your area and make an appointment for them to check out the wiring in your home.