Are you concerned about the safety of the electrical system in your home? Your home’s electrical system is responsible for providing power to all your appliances, lights, computer equipment and entertainment systems, and today, we’ve never used more electricity in our homes. If you own an older home, it may be time to upgrade the electrical system in order to prevent a fire.
Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Home’s Electrical System
According to the US Fire Administration, there are an average of 23,400 electrical fires each year that result in 200 deaths and 975 injuries. Over the last 10 years, there’s been a 2 percent increase in electrical fires and a 25 percent increase in the costs associated with those fires. To avoid these types of losses, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your home’s electrical system and how it’s functioning.
1. Your home frequently trips circuit breakers or blows fuses.
Fuses or circuit breakers blow or trip when there’s a problem with the circuit. It could be that the fuse or circuit breaker is old. It could be a problem with the appliance, or it could be a problem with the wire. When this happens repeatedly, it’s time to call an electrician for a diagnosis and repair or system upgrade.
2. You have hot light switches or electrical plates.
Light switches and electrical outlet plates should be cool to the touch. If they feel hot enough to burn you, there’s a problem with the switch, outlet or wires connecting the switch to the rest of the electrical system. It’s best to get this checked out before the wires melt and sparks fly.
3. Your light bulbs burn out faster than expected.
If your lights flicker, dim or burn out faster than expected, this is could indicate a problem with the light fixture or the wiring system.
4. You smell something off or hear sizzling or crackling noises.
If you smell burning rubber or hear cracks or sizzling and you’re not melting rubber for a craft or home improvement project or cooking a sizzling steak or bacon on the stove, it could indicate a serious problem with your electrical system.
5. You have electrical outlets that arc or spark when you unplug or plug in appliances.
Your electrical outlets should not arc or spark when you plug or unplug appliances and charging cords into them. If this happens repeatedly, it’s time to call a qualified electrician in Florida.
6. Your home still has two-pronged outlets
Modern building code requires the use of three-pronged outlets. If your home still has two-pronged plugs, it means that the electrical system does not contain a grounding wire, and this is a sure sign that you’re due for an upgrade.
Rewiring Your Home with Luminous Electric
If you are experiencing any of these problems with your home’s electrical wiring, you should consider getting it upgraded in order to avoid a fire. Our licensed electricians at Luminous Electric can evaluate your home’s current electrical system, give you an estimate for rewiring your home and perform the work.
To get your home’s electrical system evaluated, call us at 941-727-0272.