For those who are living in an old house and decide to do some major renovations to update your home, make sure to have an electrician ready. Older homes often have serious electrical problems. Most older homes use really old electrical designs and materials. Older electrical systems are not up to code and potentially pose a safety hazard. Burley Electrical Services will share why it is important to have a licensed electrician help you improve and update your electrical system.
Should Old Electrical Wiring Be Replaced?
Depending on the age of the home there can be different types of outdated electrical wiring within the home. Older homes may have aluminum wiring which is still used in some regions. However, due to Florida’s intense humidity, aluminum wiring should never be used in the state. Aluminum wire corrodes fast and becomes an electrical hazard. Other times in older homes it is not much of a surprise to discover that the electrical wiring has been damaged. Sometimes when hanging a picture or mounting a TV on the wall, a homeowner will hit the electrical wiring inside the wall. Some homes may experience rodent infestation where rats or mice chew on wiring. During a major renovation it is the perfect time to have the electrical wiring inspected and replaced if needed.
Increase Amperage in House
Most older homes will have only 100 amps or less. In this case you will discover you do not have enough power for modern appliances. When you are renovating a home you may discover you need more power and you will want to upgrade your electrical capacity. Depending on the type of electrical system in the home you may find a fuse box or an electrical panel. Electrical panels are easily upgraded and you have the potential of running more circuits. If you discover you have a fuse box, you can choose to change out the entire electrical system and put in an electrical panel. When you want to update or change your electrical system you will need a licensed electrician.
Add a Circuit to a Breaker Box
As mentioned previously, you can add circuit lines throughout the home. Often in an older home, the homeowner wants a few more outlets to accommodate all of the electrical devices and appliances in the home. When more outlets are needed, you can add circuit lines to install more outlets in the home. Additional circuits can also add more light fixtures as well. It is common in older home to find the light in the home came from lamps that were plugged in. They have very few wall or ceiling light fixtures. Better lighting might be desired and can be added which will demand additional circuits. When doing an addition or add-on to a home, again you will need to add circuits to the addition. There are a ton of different situations where additional circuits may be added to a home. When adding circuits you will want a professional electrical service to ensure everything is up to code.
Electrical Wiring Inspections, Upgrades & More in Pompano Beach, Imperial Point, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Davie, Lighthouse Point, Parkland & Fort Lauderdale, Florida
There are many reasons why you will want to have the electrical system inspected and improved by a professional electrical service. If you are preparing for a major renovation to an older home and need an electrical service, contact Burley Electrical Services today.