09 Dec Signs That the Wiring on Your Property Needs to be Upgraded
Your local electrician can handle a wide variety of jobs including powerpoint installation, switchboard upgrades, outdoor lighting, installation of electrical fixtures, CCTV installations and a lot more. While they handle all these jobs expertly, they can also handle new wiring installation and wiring upgrade projects. Here are some signs that indicate the wiring on your property needs an upgrade:
Signs that you need an upgrade
#1 Age of the wiring
If you live in an older home which has wiring that’s over 15-20 years old or have moved into a home and have begun noticing too many current fluctuations, it’s important that you call in a skilled and licensed electrician to check the wiring on your property. If you have lived in the same house for over a decade and can’t recollect when you last got the installations inspected and tested, don’t defer calling in an electrician to conduct a thorough inspection.
#2 Two-pronged underground outlets
Take a look the outlets in your home; check whether they are 3-pronged or 2-pronged. If you find there are various 2-pronged outlets on your property, it’s time for you to call in an electrician. These outlets are undergrounded and can pose a fire-hazard. You would have to get these replaced with 3-pronged ones and ensure that these are grounded. The other alternative is to replace these with GFCI outlets as this will help protect your property. Your electrician will be able to evaluate your property’s needs.
#3 Aluminum wiring
Many homes that were built in the 1960’s & 1970’s had aluminum wiring instead of the safer copper wiring. The former is prone to loosen over time and this increases the fire risk in your home, whenever any outlet is in use. When you get the wiring on your property inspected by an electrician, he would be able to tell you if there is any risk and will provide a suitable solution to the problem.
Modern day appliances are power-guzzlers and modern wiring systems are specially designed to bear these loads. However, any installation that is a few decades old is unable to bear the load of modern appliance such as washing machines, dishwashers etc. If you have more than one heavy appliance operating on one electrical circuit in your home, that can pose another problem. The excess load causes the older wiring to get heated which in turn melts the insulation around it. This exposed wiring results in arcing (hissing, humming sounds). If you ignore these signs and don’t get the installation checked in time, it can result in an electrical fire.
In most instances, wiring upgrades go hand-in-hand with switchboard upgrades. This is because decades’ old wiring systems also had older switchboards with fuse installations. If you find that the fuses in your home keep blowing very often, that’s another indication that your electrical wiring may need to be upgraded.
What does a wiring upgrade involve?
The electricians will replace the fuses with modern safety switches/circuit breakers. This improves the safety aspect of the electrical installations in your home. When you are getting any electrical work done on your property, it’s important that you hire the services of experienced and licensed professionals that provide guarantees for their work.
If you have noticed any of the signs we just discussed and feel your property may require a wiring upgrade, call AllRound Electrical without delay. Regardless of whether you want to get an electrical fixture installed or need complete rewiring done on your property, we are the professionals to hire. For any information about our services, feel free to call us at 1300 169 263. You can also write to us at this email address.
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