Whether you're moving into an existing home or planning renovation on your current building, there are electrical needs that could have changed since the wiring was put in place. Before adding any important electronics to your sockets, take the time to understand what could go wrong with old wiring issues and what can be done to fix it.
What Could Go Wrong With Old Wiring?
New electronics may have drastically different electrical demand and electrical needs. Although there are different levels of progression between new devices being energy efficient or needing more power for more features, both issues can be affected by bad wiring.
Some devices, for example, are sensitive to changes in electrical load. Devices such as computers are constantly performing calculations, recording information and retrieving recorded information millions of times per second or more. A slight loss of power for more than a second could send the entire system into a devastating crash.
Because information is being processed, the loss of power is more than a loss of progress. In simple electronics, your device simply turns off. On more complex devices such as computers, information can become corrupted or physical hardware can be scratched.
To take a deeper look at what could go wrong, consider the hard drive inside a computer. The hard drive is made of a series of glass platters with platinum coating, which is used to store the information.
Information is read by a series of connected arms rotating at high speeds across the platters. A padded, magnetic head is attached to the end of the arm, but a sudden loss of power or physical bump could send the arm scratching against the platter like a needle scratching a record.
Regular power loss can increase the chance that a scratch happens, and multiple scratches can eventually make parts of the drive unreadable.
Overburdening Electrical Wires
Some electronics have higher electrical demand than a house was built to withstand. As the decades go by, a house designed to handle the televisions, washing machines and 8-track players of the 1970's and 1980's may not be able to handle the large power supplies of 2015's computers and entertainment systems.
Higher electrical demand doesn't need to be an issue of different generations. If the previous owners or tenants used only basic electronics when compared to your demanding machines, you may have a lot of prep work ahead.
With more electrical demand comes a higher electrical burden. You'll need newer wiring if the old wiring is frayed or brittle, and you may need additional wiring to distribute the load.
By adding more wiring, electricity can flow across multiple wires instead of creating a single, concentrated source of heat. The wiring is less likely to be damaged quickly by high burden, and you can manage more devices on a single socket without risking an electrical fire or complete power loss.
Get in contact with an electrician to begin planning upgrades and maintenance to avoid power sensitivity and power overburdening issues. For more information, contact Global Electric & Lighting Inc. or a similar company.