Can you recognize the signs your home’s electrical wiring should be replaced? If your home is more than 40 years old, call our Michigan residential electricians today. We inspect electrical systems to determine if rewiring a house room by room is necessary.
If your residential electrical wiring needs replacing, we’ll update everything so your home is safe and code-compliant. Continue reading to learn when electrical wiring should be replaced and how our local electricians can help.
When to Replace Wiring
Your Circuit Breaker Frequently Trips
A circuit breaker will trip if the demand for electricity exceeds what’s considered safe for your home’s electrical system. To stop electricity from reaching dangerous levels and even starting a fire, the circuit breaker will trip and shut off the power. If your circuit breaker trips frequently this could be a sign that you need to update or replace your home’s electrical wiring.
The Lights are Dim or Flicker
You may need our help with rewiring an old house if you have dim or flickering lights. Fortunately, our local electricians have plenty of experience with house wiring. If the lights flicker when you plug in an appliance, this is a sign that the old electrical wiring in your home isn’t able to run enough electricity to appliances. Damaged or frayed electrical wiring can also cause lights to dim and increase the risk of an electrical fire.
You Smell Something Burning from Wall Outlets
Never ignore a burning smell from your outlets as this can be a precursor to an electrical fire. Call one of our emergency electricians as soon as possible if you smell something burning from your wall outlets. Once you find the source of the smell, you’ll want to unplug anything in that outlet before turning off the electrical supply to that room or area. Each switch in the electrical panel should have a sticker next to it that clearly states which circuit it belongs to.
A burning smell can be caused by an overloaded circuit, old damaged electrical wiring, or an exposed wire. Any of these electrical problems warrant a call to one of our residential electricians. You should also call one of our local electricians if the outlet cover is stained, hot to touch, popping, or sizzling.
Your House Was Built Over 40 Years Ago
You may need a home rewire if your house was built over 40 years ago. Today’s homeowners demand much more electricity than previous generations for microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, dryers, hot water heaters, smartphones, TVs, and other technology. Fortunately, we can help update your electrical system so it can handle your energy needs.
Depending on your home’s, we may recommend a complete home rewire or just an update to your electrical panel. For example, you may just need another circuit and respective circuit breaker to handle the increased need for energy. In general, we recommend updating your if your home was built over 40 years ago.
Our electrical contractors in Michigan work hard to earn your business and will make sure your residential electrical wiring is code-compliant and safe. To request a quote for electrical wiring, call Whitney Electric & Plumbing at (877) 393-2141.