Do you know how long it’s been since you last had your electrical system remodeled? Much like the plumbing in your walls or the HVAC air duct system that you rely on to keep you warm and cool, your electrical system will eventually grow old, wear out, and need to be replaced. Only there’s an issue: replacing an old electrical system can be risky, particularly because older equipment often does not conform to newer safety codes and requirements that are utilized today, which means that there could be a potentially dangerous risk for injury, even if you think you’re taking the proper precautions.
There are some things you should keep in mind as a homeowner before you begin this process, and we’ll discuss a few of them here on this blog.
As little as 20 to 30 years ago, electrical technology was nowhere near as safe and reliable as it is today. Things like ground-fault circuit interrupter outlets, current short protection, and even advanced analysis tools that are available to modern electrical workers didn’t exist back then, and thus the codes were not as stringent as they are today. Working with an electrical system that’s outdated carries inherent risks, and even a small mistake could lead to a potential disaster including injury, fire, or other major damage to important components in your home.
What many homeowners may not realize is that a localized problem (i.e. one that only really comes shows up in one room in the house) isn’t necessarily a sign of a small issue, but could actually be one that’s affecting your entire home as a whole. Conversely, a problem that seems to be impacting every room may not be a huge issue and might only require a minor fix to restore everything to perfect working condition. An experienced electrician can help you make this determination and suggest the best solution for repairing the issue.
You may be frustrated with a problem you’re having with your electrical system, but the same symptom returning over and over again isn’t necessarily a sign that you need to completely overhaul your electrical lines and equipment. In fact, many problems can be fixed on a smaller scale for far less cost. A reliable electrician can help you make this determination honestly and advise you whether it’s advisable to simply make a small repair that solves the problem or if the time has come to consider a major electrical remodel.
If you’re considering updating your old electrical system, then you should also consider hiring a professional electrician to do the job. Working with old electric wires can cause serious harm to you and possibly also to your home, which means this is generally a task that’s best left to the professionals who have developed years of experience and have the knowledge and tools and safety equipment to properly handle old wiring.
If you would like to find out if the time has come for a wiring and electrical remodel in your home and want to speak with a professional electrician, contact Arrow Electric today by dialing (214) 516-7440 and let a skilled member of our team come up with the perfect solution for your needs.