Faulty electrical work or outdated wiring is responsible for thousands of house fires across the United States every year. Homes today use much more energy to power their electrical systems than they did before.
Between computers, large appliances, and all of the smart home tools we now use, having outdated wiring simply won't cut it. This isn't the only reason that you should consider having new electrical wires installed in your home. Updating your electrical system is also necessary to help ensure the safety of everyone occupying your property.
Contact the professional electricians at Attic Projects today if you are considering new electrical wires in your attic or crawl space.
Consequences of Bad Wiring
Bad wiring can lead to an electrical fire or shock that can be fatal, power surges, and faulty power arcs. A frayed wire may appear innocent, but it will send a dangerous electrical current surging throughout your body if touched by a bare hand. If you need new electrical cables around the house, it's always best to hire a professional electrician and avoid making this a do-it-yourself project.
When electrical wires are damaged, worn, cracked, or corroded, this can significantly increase the risk of electrical accidents. A qualified electrician can check your wiring as often as needed to ensure it is safe. If necessary, they can also help with upgrading and replacing old and faulty wires with new electrical wires.
Signs Your Electrical System Needs New Wires
Wires can start to fray or crack as a result of too much heat, corrosion, bending, or general wear and tear. Here are a few signs to watch for that may indicate your home needs new electrical wires:
Over time, wires can begin to fray or accidentally get pierced or pinched by screws or nails. These damaged wires are a major hazard and could potentially threaten you, your family, and your home. This is why it is crucial to call a professional to replace them.
Melted Insulation Around Wiring
When electric connections start to loosen or are installed incorrectly, this can generate a dangerous accumulation of localized heat. This causes the conductor to warm up and melt the insulation around your wiring.
Your outlets and switches should feel cool to the touch. If you notice warm spots or burn marks, this is a clue that there may be an unsafe wiring condition.
If your electrical outlets are stained or discolored, your home is likely experiencing power surges. This is a major fire concern that should be addressed as soon as possible.
Frequent Tripped Breakers
If you're constantly resetting your circuit breakers, this could be a sign that your circuits are overloaded.
Blown fuses occur when too many lights or appliances draw power from the circuit, causing it to overload and melt the ribbon inside the fuse. This causes all of the power that goes to that circuit to die suddenly.
Odd Noise Coming From the Wiring
If your outlets, switches, or appliances are making crackling, sizzling, or buzzing noises, you should immediately turn off electricity to these areas and contact a certified electrician.
Messy wiring poses a serious fire hazard. Hire a licensed electrician to help make sure your wiring is safe and compliant.
If you notice a burning smell or see smoke coming from an outlet, this is a sure sign of trouble. Immediately shut off the main circuit breaker and turn off all appliances until you can identify the source of the issue and get the problem fixed.
If any of your home's electrical outlets are vibrating or emitting heat, this is a sign that the wiring in your home is going bad.
If your lights flicker every time you turn on an appliance, you may be overloading the circuits or your wiring. You should have your wiring and the circuit breaker checked by an expert.
Call Attic Projects to Install New Electrical Wires in Your Home
How often you replace your wiring depends on the condition of your electrical system. This is why it is important to have a routine inspection of your electrical wiring, or whenever you suspect bad wiring, sell or buy a home, or have any renovations done on your home.
If your home needs new electrical wires installed, Attic Projects is here to assist you. Updating your electrical system now will help you avoid bigger, more expensive problems later on. Contact our licensed electricians for an inspection or to schedule an estimate for your next rewiring project.
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