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When to Rewire Your Home

Aug 05, 2015

Whole-house rewiring is a large project that is becoming increasingly necessary in older, outdated homes. With the overwhelming and escalating power needed by today’s technology, our homes are being expected to handle more and more, which may jeopardize their safety in some cases.

“Electrical safety is something that can never be overlooked,” said Alan Anderson, executive manager of the Quad Cities chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. “For many reasons, it’s important to know when to call a certified contractor to come rewire your home in order to keep your family safe.”

Learn the four major signs you need to rewire your home and make sure your home is willing and able to withstand the demand of modern day technology. 

Frequent circuit breaker trip

No, it’s not a ghost—dimming or flickering lights are a sign of faulty wiring caused by a trip in your circuit breaker. Your circuit breaker’s main job is to prevent a fire by cutting off the electrical flow, or ‘tripping,’ when a circuit exceeds the number of amps it is designed to handle. While breakers can trip for many reasons, old, faulty wiring is typically the cause. Constant circuit breaker trips or frequent blown fuses could be a sign that your electrical system is worn out or can no longer handle the amount of electricity you are using on a day-today basis.

Discolored outlets

Discolored outlets indicate that there has been a short circuit caused by a loose connection or faulty wiring near the outlet. Outlets that move or can easily be displaced are another major sign that you need to rewire your home. Loose outlet connections can cause arching or sparking, resulting in a small fire and causing the surface of the outlets to become discolored and charred. Discolored and burned outlets are more likely to occur in rooms with only one outlet—the less outlets available to use, the more likely you are to overuse or overheat the outlet. A home with proper electrical service should have an outlet about every six to eight feet.

Burning smell

Do you notice a persistent burning smell with no identifiable source? This smell could be a sign that your wires are consistently overheating. If you are unsure if your wires are overheating, feel the cords of your devices and appliances. If the cords feel overly warm, there may be a problem with the amount of current being delivered to your outlets. If you notice a burning smell in your home and your appliance cords feel overheated, turn off your circuit and call a professional immediately.

Older homes

The age of your home is another factor in determining if you will need to rewire. Typically, if your home has not been rewired within the last 25 to 30 years, it may not be able to withstand the amount of electricity produced by modern technology and you should consider upgrading your wiring to the current standards.  Homes built before 1970 often have outdated wiring without PVC coating, making it prone to deterioration.

 

Do you suspect your home need to be rewired? Contact a certified contractor from LightingtheQCA.com who can examine your home and determine if it would benefit from rewiring job. Remember, whole-house rewiring is a dangerous and demanding project—leave it to the professionals to get your home electrical up-to-date. 

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