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Residential Electrical Wiring Warning Signs
Thinking that it is time to have your home’s electrical wiring checked by a licensed electrical contractor? It is always a good idea for homeowners to have a professional electrician check for any faulty or old electrical wiring before any electrical problems can happen. Too many homes have caught fire due to electrical problems, of which many can be avoided.
When does electrical wiring need to be replaced?
Want to know when a home’s electrical wiring should be replaced? A few general guidelines that homeowners can follow include updating any electrical wiring in a home that was built before 1985, updating the electrical wiring system if the breaker keeps tripping and replacing an electrical system that does not provide enough electrical outlets in any given room. While it is important for you to be aware of these general guidelines, there are also warning signs that can let you know if there are electrical wiring problems present.
Residential electrical wiring warning signs
The list below includes common warning signs that can let homeowners know that something is wrong with their electrical wiring system.
Dimming, buzzing and/or flickering lights
Sometimes, homeowners will experience a dimming, buzzing or flickering in the home’s lights when using many appliances at one time. This should not happen, and when it does, it means that it is necessary to upgrade the wiring to accommodate the need for more electricity. In order for homeowners to prevent a potential fire, hiring an electrician to perform an electrical check is necessary.
Stained, discolored or scorched outlets
Any time an outlet has any type of stains on it, is discolored or actually has scorch marks, it means that a home’s electrical wiring has somehow been compromised and is now releasing heat through the electrical outlets. This heat is already causing damage to the home and therefore needs to be addressed as soon as absolutely possible.
A burning smell
When electrical problems are present, they are often accompanied by a unique burning smell that can let homeowners know that there is a problem. Burning smells, as well as smoky smells or burning rubber smells, are the most common type of smells for electrical problems. When a homeowner smells these, it usually means that there has been some type of fire damage, which requires the immediate assistance of a licensed electrical contractor.
Frayed or chewed electrical wires
Over time, electrical wires can fray, which can lead to problems like being shocked and starting a fire. Chewed electrical wires are also a problem, which is often done by house pets or unwanted critters. Since it is essential for electrical wiring to be completely protected by its outside coverings, any time there is damage made to any electrical wiring, there is a possibility that it could start a fire. When this type of electrical warning sign is found, hiring an experienced electrician to replace the wiring is the next step.
Is your home overdue for an electrical wiring check?
If you have any concerns about your home’s electrical wiring, it is a good idea to be on the safe side. When you contact us to have one of our experienced and professional licensed electrical contractors come out and inspect your home’s wiring system, you will understand the current condition of the system. You can then use this information to make any necessary decisions, including repairing or replacing any electrical wiring problems.
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