Electricity Tips for New Homeowners of Old Homes

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Electricity Tips for New Homeowners of Old Homes

Hi, my name is Henry. I grew up in an old home and saw my parents frequently tackle projects such as rewiring the home or installing new garage doors to meet updated safety standards. As a kid, it just felt like a lot of busy activity, but as I got older and began working in real estate, I could see how essential these tasks were to owners of old homes. If you are a new homeowner with an old home, you are in for a treat, but you will also face challenges inherent with owning a home with old wiring. To help you, this blog has tips on repairing, rewiring and assessing the electricity in old homes. Thanks for reading!

Often Overlooked Signs That a Home Needs an Electrician

Your home's electricity doesn't need to suddenly stop working for it to need the services of an electrician. Very often a home may need upgraded wiring or to have frayed and bare wires replaced, even though the home is still getting power. Ignoring these issues can put your home at risk of an electrical fire and cause wear and tear on your appliances.

Unfortunately many homeowners often overlook the signs that their home needs the services of an electrician. Note a few of those signs here.

1. A circuit that keeps switching off

When your home has one circuit that keeps switching off, this is usually a sign that the circuit has wiring that cannot handle the demands for electricity from appliances and other devices. You may need to upgrade the wiring or you may need to rewire the circuit so that certain appliances are on their own circuit. Ignoring this issue puts added wear on your appliances as a refrigerator motor and the compressor for an air conditioning work harder on startup. Every time they stop and then start again, this means excess wear and tear.

2. You think you can smell electricity burning

Electricity itself has no odor, but if wires are frayed and bare, they may be allowing the electricity to come into contact with building materials behind the walls. In turn, these materials get singed and burnt. If this were to continue, you may actually be putting your home at risk for an electrical fire. Never ignore any type of burning smells in your home, but if the smell seems to have a pungent odor that resembles an electrical motor burning out or you notice it when you turn on a certain switch, have this checked by an electrician.

3. Your home has frequent brownouts

A brownout is a slowdown of electricity; you may notice that lights dim or certain appliances seem to struggle to work. This too is often a sign that your home's wiring is outdated and cannot handle the demands for electricity. You may especially notice brownouts after installing devices or appliances that demand more electricity, such as new kitchen appliances or a large television.

If wires continue to be overloaded they may become bare and frayed, and in turn this could lead to the risk of an electrical fire. An electrician, such as Urban Electrical Contractors, can test your wiring and install new circuits for appliances or simply upgrade it to something that can handle the demands of the electrical devices in your home.