You can’t have a working electrical system without working electrical wiring. Like veins pump blood throughout your body so it can function, the same is true of your wiring and your home’s electrical system. But for many people, their home’s electrical wiring is out of sight and therefore out of mind. This can be a big problem, especially if your electrical system has not received any maintenance or inspections in awhile. Keep reading to learn the biggest signs your electrical wiring is out of date, and remember that for all your electrical service needs, you can count on All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical.
The Top 5 Signs Your House Needs Professional Rewiring
- Age: If your home is 30-years old or older, it might be time to consider a wiring upgrade. There’s a lot of wear and tear that can happen to your wires over time, from rodents chewing on them to water damage seeping through the walls. However, it’s also important to consider the fact that wiring in older homes is less safe than electrical wiring today, so either way, schedule an inspection with an electrician if you live in an older house, and watch out for other signs like—
- Burning Smells: Do you find that there is a faint burning smell around your outlets when you go to plug something in? If so, there is a strong chance that your wires are sparking behind the receptacle. This could be caused by many different things, but it is important to have an electrician investigate the source of this burning no matter what. If there is no discoloration around your outlets, chances are the wiring behind them is fine. However, if you’re still dealing with that electrical smell, even without discoloration on your outlets, then you may have a wiring problem deeper in your walls.
- Buzzing Noises: Do your outlets hum, even when you are not running a lot of electrical equipment at the same time? This is a strong indicator that there is an issue with your wiring. In general, the sound of electrical buzzing and sizzling is not a good sign, and usually indicates some kind of power failure. Bottom line: unless you are in an industrial setting, where a lot of power is constantly being used, do not ignore the sound of buzzing coming from your electronics.
- Fluctuating Power: If you find that your lights flicker and you have a hard time maintaining electrical power even when you are not running heavy-duty appliances, then there is a good likelihood that your outlets are to blame. Granted, the occasional flickering light is not abnormal, and could be caused by anything from one failing appliance to a loose lightbulb. But if your lights flicker consistently, and you have ruled out your appliances and your electrical panel as the source of the issue, then it is very likely your wiring is to blame.
- Tripped Circuit Breakers: Speaking of electrical panels, most people assume there is an issue with their devices when a circuit breaker frequently trips. However, oftentimes, the issue is not with the device itself, but with the wiring attached to it. Keep in mind that your circuit breakers are only supposed to trip when dealing with a significant amount of electrical current. Therefore, a tripped breaker stemming from something like a toaster is not normal. Basically, if you are losing power in certain outlets and you can’t figure out why, hire an electrician to see if your wiring is causing those breaker trips.
Do you need electrical rewiring in your home? If so, just call All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical at (909) 253-0664—we promise to get the job done as quickly and painlessly as possible. You can also contact us online.