Many people willingly pay to remodel their homes. Who doesn’t want a fresh, new look? Homeowners, or landlords, want to only pay for what is extremely necessary, and we don’t blame them. Today, we are going to talk about full-house wiring replacement services and when it is necessary to take action.
Signs you need full-house wiring replacement:
Full-house wiring may be needed for many reasons. Sanford Electric Company II, INC.’s electricians are highly qualified to inspect your home, or commercial place of business, for wiring issues. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, or ESFI, electrical failure is the leading cause of home fires every year.
Call our offices for an inspection and quote for full-house wiring replacement. There are warning signs that your home requires full-house wiring replacement, or even partial wiring replacement. We are going to share them with you for your safety.
If you experience any of the mentioned warning signs, be sure to reach out to our Sanford electricians for immediate attention. If you have experienced frequently blown fuses or tripped breakers, you may be in danger of a possible electrical fire.
This is a sign your home’s wiring cannot withstand modern electrical needs and requirements. An over-amped or over-fused electrical panel is a sign for immediate wiring replacement. Dimming or flickering lights is also a big red flag.
Flickering and dimming lights:
If you still experience flickering after replacing the light bulbs around the area where flickering occurs, this is a sign the circuit is overloaded. You may notice this particularly when a major appliance is being used such as the washing machine.
Electrical circuits are designed to handle a designated amount of electricity. An overloaded circuit is a circuit that cannot supply enough electrical current for the appliances being used. A circuit is comprised of wiring, a breaker (or a fuse in oder homes), and devices.
Examples of these devices include:
- light fixtures
- washer machines
- and anything else plugged into an outlet
When the large appliances start, it will cause a voltage drop. This voltage causes the flickering or dimming of your lights. The nuisance may actually be a helpful heads up to update your wiring, for safety and comfort.
The electricity usage of each device, when in use, adds to the LOAD on the circuit. Each circuit has a rated load. When a family exceeds the rated load for the circuit wiring, it causes the circuit breaker to trip.
If there was no breaker in the system, the overloaded circuit would cause the wiring to overheat. This could mean the wiring insulation may melt or start a house fire. Most homes are built based on typical household usage.
Not all homes are designed equally:
As we know, some families do not allow many modern appliances in their homes while some families love to have the latest and greatest. There is nothing wrong with this, but it is important to be aware of the layout of your home’s circuits. This knowledge will help prevent overloads.
Now, if the flickering or dimming occurs consistently, this is a severe issue. It could be a sign of something serious if the flickering does not stop right away. However, it could just mean the appliance is close to its expiration date.
Appliances not operating at their fullest potential will draw more energy when starting up. Also, there may possibly be too much sensory overload on the same circuit. Let an electrician figure this out for you. Do not attempt this yourself.
Stop by next time for more on home wiring safety. Keep your family and belongings safe with the help of our electrical experts.