If your home is more than 50 years old, modern demands for electricity have likely outpaced your electrical system's capacity. After all, in the 1960s, homeowners didn't need outlets for computers, cell phone chargers, large television screens and even kitchen appliances like microwave ovens and power mixers.
While having your home re-wired can be somewhat expensive, the good news is that unlike investing in a new roof or new heating system, your new electrical system will last the rest of your life. Signs that your home may need to be re-wired include flickering lights, discolored outlets and frequent blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.
Reasons to have your home re-wired
1. Convenience. If you find that you are frequently tripping the breakers in your kitchen or family room due to an overloaded electrical circuit, updating your system can save you those treks down in the basement during the middle of the game or while you're cooking your family's dinner. In addition, older building codes didn't require as many electrical outlets in a room as are mandated today. If your rooms have just one or two outlets, it will be a lot more convenient (and safer) to update your system.
2. Safety. Approximately twenty percent of Canadian house fires are caused each year by faulty electrical systems. Updating your electrical system can help to keep your family and your property safe and secure.
3. Improved materials. Advances in electrical wiring technology are designed to keep both your home and your family safe. For example, newer wiring comes with PVC coating to keep it from deteriorating. In addition, kitchens, bathrooms and other areas near water sources are now required to have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets. These types of electrical receptacles have a built-in circuit breaker that is designed to help to prevent shocks and electrocutions.
4. Increased property value. An older electrical system can be a deal breaker for families looking to buy your home. Conversely, a new electrical system might just be the reason a potential buyer decides on your home rather than another, similar property. After all, they know if you've just updated the system, they won't ever have to worry having that work done themselves.
If you feel that your home's electrical system likely needs to be rewired, it's time to call an experienced electrical contractor from a place like Live Electric . Electrical updates are not good candidates for DIY projects. Working with electricity requires special training and equipment.