Like most things in your home, your electrical wiring is subject to deterioration.
Older wiring or wiring that is not equipped to handle the electrical demands
of modern appliances can not only be an inconvenience – it can also
be a major safety hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical
fires caused by bad wiring are responsible for an estimated $1.1 billion
in annual property damage, as well as close to 300 deaths per year. To
protect your family’s safety and ensure your electrical wiring is
operating at optimal efficiency, be sure to keep an eye out for the following signs.
It may be time to have your home rewired if:
Your home is more than 40 years old: A home’s age is the first and most reliable sign that rewiring is
needed. Wiring systems used in homes built in the 1970s and earlier are
not designed to accommodate the number and voltage requirements of modern
electrical appliances. If your home was built any earlier than the 1980s
and is still equipped with the original wiring, it is likely that your
wiring is operating at or above its capacity and will need to be replaced.
Your circuit breaker trips often: Your circuit breaker’s job is to prevent fires by cutting off the
flow of electricity when a circuit exceeds its designated amperage limit.
While a circuit breaker may trip for a variety of reasons, such as excessive
heat, old wiring is oftentimes the culprit.
You notice a burning odor: Do you notice a persistent burning smell in your home but cannot find
the source? If so, shut off your circuit breaker and call an electrician
immediately. You may have an electrical short stemming from the wiring
in your walls.
Your home has aluminum wiring: Faulty aluminum wiring connections can cause overheating and lead to
electrical fires. It is estimated that 2 million homes were constructed
with aluminum wiring from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s.
You notice charred outlets and switches: Loose wiring connections within an outlet or switch can short and cause
arcing and sparks, burning their surface and covers.
Rewire Your Home with Sunbelt Electric
At Sunbelt Electric, Inc., our team of skilled Sarasota electricians has
been providing top-quality
electrical services to
commercial clients since 1993. Backed by many
positive client testimonials, our licensed and insured professionals can replace your home’s
wiring with a safe and efficient system designed to last for years to come.
Dial (941) 208-1419 or
contact us online today to schedule a service!