When to Rewire Your Home

Redoing the electrical wiring on the house is a job that a lot of people put off because they don't know if it's necessary. Plus, you might be unsure if you need a new electrical panel or all of the wiring in the walls done.

If you're uncertain of whether or not it's time to upgrade the electrical system in your house, you should know that most of the signs of faulty wiring are quiet, but they're easy to spot once you know what you're looking for. These are some of the most common red flags that suggest it's time to upgrade your electrical wiring or electrical box.

Flickering Lights

One of the most common signs that your electrical panel is overloaded is flickering lights. Homes today use much more energy than they used to even 30 years ago, so it's very likely that your electrical panel is at maximum capacity if you see flickering lights.

Sparks and Shocks

If you ever feel a shock or see a spark when you plug something into one of your electrical outlets, you need to have your electrical system checked by an electrician. Burn marks around the outlets are another sign that you should have the outlet rewired.

Tripped Breakers

If your breakers are constantly tripping, your electrical panel is probably overloaded. Many times, homeowners will continue to add switches to the breaker box until there aren't any more slots. Every time you add another room or large appliance, more power is being drawn through the box, which can cause the breakers to trip.

Old House and Electrical System

We have different electrical needs than we did 30 or 40 years ago. If you still have a fuse box, your electrical box isn't handling the amount of power that you use. The insulation around the wiring in your home also breaks down over time. You need this insulation to protect your home against electrical fires.

Bottom line: If you've lived in a house for years or recently bought an older home that hasn't had any updates, you might not know if you need to upgrade your electrical system. If you're ever in doubt, contact ACS Home Services at (813) 213-3537 to set your mind at ease.

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