If you live in a mid-century home, the electrical system may be outdated. Just because your home's electricity has been safe for decades doesn't mean it's safe now with all the extra appliances and electronics in use today. Here's a look at when to consider having an electrical upgrade.
1. When You Undertake Renovations
If you're planning to renovate your house, plan to upgrade your electrical service at the same time. When the walls are already open, and an electrician has to do other work too, and it's the perfect time to upgrade the entire system. Also, your current system may be out of code.
While you may not be required to update an old system, you do have to abide by current electrical codes when you do renovations. That could mean your electrician has to make upgrades so the work will pass a city code enforcement inspection.
2. When You Don't Have Enough Outlets
Your home probably has many more kitchen appliances and electronic equipment than was even imagined when your mid-century home was built. There may not be enough outlets for everything you need to plug in.
Even worse, there may not be enough circuits, and that leads to overloading circuits, flickering lights, and tripped circuit breakers. An electrician can upgrade your electrical panel if needed to add more circuits and more outlets to your home so you have all the power you need.
If your panel or electrical system was damaged and they need repairs, consider upgrading and modernizing your electrical system at the same time so your home can handle the power needs you have today and an increased need you may have in the future.
3. When Safety Is An Issue
You might need an electrical upgrade due to safety issues. If your electricity isn't grounded properly, or if there are no GFCI outlets in your kitchen or bathrooms, the electrician may need to make upgrades to reduce your risk of shock.
If wiring is old or the insulation is gnawed by rodents, it may be necessary to replace wiring or components in the electrical panel to prevent a fire. If your home hasn't been checked by an electrician in decades, consider having an electrical inspection done.
An inspection lets you know the condition of the wiring, panel, and outlets. You'll know for sure if you need work done to make your electrical system safer, and if your system is still safe and sound, you can have peace of mind that your family is not at risk of an electrical shock or fire.
For more information, consult with a residential electrician.