If your older home is having electrical problems, it may be time to consider rewiring. Older wiring can set you up for serious electrical problems and can even be dangerous. Here are some signs that your home is due for rewiring:
- Your outlets show signs of overheating.
- You experience brief periods of power loss when using multiple appliances at one time.
- Your safety switch is frequently tripped.
- Your fuse box has no circuit label.
- Your fuse box has a wooden back or cast iron switches.
In addition, rewiring allows you the opportunity to rethink the way things are wired and make it more convenient for you. Put outlets in the places where you need them most, rather than where they were when you moved in. Circuits that are always overloading should be separated, so that you can run your appliances hassle-free. Talk to your electrician and make things the way you want them.
An electrician will definitely be necessary. Rewiring definitely needs to be performed by a professional. The project can take anywhere from three days to a week or more depending on the size and complexity of your home.
When you rewire, you’ll also need to have an inspection done, to make sure the new wiring is up to code (e.g. how many outlets can you have?). Be prepared, rewiring your home will be an involved process, but if your wiring needs to be replaced, it’s a serious safety issue that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
If your house is having electrical issues and you are concerned that rewiring is needed, contact our experts at Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical. We can help you assess your current situation and make recommendations. We handle electrical, mechanical, and plumbing needs for homeowners and commercial clients.