March 14, 2019
Don’t let your home’s electrical problems put your home and your family at risk for power failures or fires. Did you know that electric malfunctions are the leading cause of house fires? Roughly 500,000 home fires are caused by defective wiring each year, with the majority of these being easily prevented with simple safety checks, maintenance and upgrades. Faulty wiring is usually the main culprit in these types of scenarios but it usually goes unnoticed due to homeowners failing to recognize the warning signs and follow basic home rewiring tips as we’ve listed below.
Here are 6 signs that your household electrical wiring needs an upgrade:
1. Old Fashioned Fuse Box
These days, a lot of modern homes are built with modern circuit breakers that have replaced the old-fashioned fuse box. It’s pretty common for a circuit breaker to trip and turn off a circuit automatically. When this happens you simply have to turn the switch back on. If your circuit breaker tends to trip frequently, you may be overloading and exceeding its safety capacity. This may also be a sign that you have a short somewhere in your wiring which could lead to a fiery problem in the future.
2. Frequently Flickering Lights
This is a common problem in old homes, especially ones that house newer appliances such as microwaves and computers. – First, test the light bulb with a new bulb to eliminate the possibility that the bulb itself is faulty. After you have tested out the light bulb and it still does not stop flickering then it is possible that you have a serious wiring problem. To avoid future complications and risk of fire, contact CMC Electrical to have us check to see whether your home electrical system needs an upgrade.
3. Incompatible Breaker in Panel
Most household circuit breakers are designed to hold a 15-amp breaker for maximum protection. A lot of homeowners tend to replace their original 15-amp circuit breakers with 20-amp breakers. This is a fatal mistake as 20-amp breakers are designed for major appliances and not for household products for everyday use.
Installing the wrong circuit breaker allows overloads to occur without tripping your breaker which increases the risk of a fire starting due to overheating.
4. Dead Electrical Outlets or Outlets that are Hot to the Touch
None of the electrical outlets in your home should be hot to the touch, have burn marks, or be humming at all. If you happen to experience any of these issues then there is a strong possibility that there is bad wiring near or inside your electric outlet. If your outlet is not working then this is another sign that a wire is loose. If you have taken a DIY approach to these types of problems in the past, we suggest you always use a licensed technician to do your electrical jobs moving forward in order to avoid having to pay more to have corrective work done at a later date.
5. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are required by code anywhere an electrical current comes into contact with the ground or is located near running water. GFCIs save lives by preventing the chances of deadly shocks. Modern GFCIs are constructed with built-in testers and should be tested on a regular basis. If one of your electrical outlets is not working properly, it may be due to a faulty GFCI, or more seriously, a fault in the wiring itself.
6. Faulty Cable Splices
Faulty cable splices or frayed wires can be an extremely dangerous fire hazard and are often a sign of an amateur electrical job. A problem like this usually goes unnoticed. If any wiring work was ever done in your home by an unlicensed electrician, you should have that work reviewed and corrected by a professional as soon as possible.
If you’ve noticed any of the above problems in your wiring at home, then you may have some serious problems that need immediate attention and you need the help of qualified and licensed professionals who specialize in residential electrics.
Author bio – Jeson Pitt works with the marketing department of D&F Liquidators – Hayward, CA and regularly writes to share his knowledge while enlightening people about electrical products and solving their electrical dilemmas. He’s got the industry insights that you can count on along with years of experience in the field. Jeson lives in Hayward, CA and loves to explore different cuisines that the food trucks in the Bay area have to offer.