When Should You Have Your Home Rewired?

If you live in an older home, having your home rewired may be essential. If you want to protect and preserve your home, you must ensure your home’s wiring system is updated and modern. In addition to being critical for safety, this is a great way to boost your home’s value.

Here’s what you need to know:

4 Indications it’s Time to Consider Home Rewiring

Warning signs come in all shapes and sizes. Here’s what you should look for to figure out whether it’s time to redo your home’s wiring:

1. Your Home’s Electrical System is Older Than 25 Years

If your home is at least 25 years old and has not been updated, this is the year to take a closer look at whether you have copper or aluminum wiring. Old wiring is outdated and does not meet modern codes.

Because of this, older properties must be rewired to support today’s large appliances and household demands. If you’re not sure whether your home’s wiring has been updated or if it’s time to redo it, contact Henderson Electric of NWF to help you.

2. There are Warning Signs

Your home is one of your most significant investments. Rewiring upgrades can help protect it. With that in mind, keep your eye out for the following warning signs:

  • Blown fuses that require you to flip something in the panel box

  • Exposed or damaged wires

  • A burning smell or buzzing sound from outlets

  • Lights that flicker, blink or go out frequently

  • Charred outlets or plugs that feel hot

  • Circuit breakers that trip frequently

  • Electrical shocks or sparks when you plug things into outlets

  • Multiple socket styles throughout the home, as these are a surefire indicator of fractional wiring

3. Your Home has Knob and Tube Wiring

Knob and tube wiring is standard in older homes. The issue with these systems, though, is that they don’t include ground conductors. This makes them more vulnerable to fires and shocks.

Additionally, older systems like this often don’t support household electrical consumption, so they may overload under use loads. If you’re worried your home has knob and tube wiring, have your electrical system evaluated as soon as possible. You may be a candidate for having your home rewired.

4. Your Wiring is Aluminum

Aluminum wiring pales in comparison to modern copper wiring. Copper wiring isn’t as vulnerable to arcing and sparking as aluminum wiring and will cut the risk of household fires immensely. If your home has aluminum wiring, you should replace it immediately to avoid safety concerns.

Is it Time for an Electrical Inspection?

If you’re concerned about your home’s wiring, contact Henderson Electric to inquire about an electrical inspection. We offer full-service electrical inspections, complete rewiring, and other services to help you stay safe at home. Give our team a call today to learn more. We are here to ensure the safety of your NW Florida home.

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