Electrical fires can start unnoticed, in hidden places such as behind the home’s drywall or in at the home’s main breaker panel. According to U.S. Fire Administration, over half of the nations 45,000 annual fires can be directly attributed to faulty electrical wiring or lighting in the home.
Older homes or those constructed with low-quality electrical components may require electrical rewiring services to correct a potentially fatal condition lurking in hidden places. Here are 10 signs that electrical rewiring services may be the best decision or your family and property:
1. A burning smell near an outlet
- A burning smell near an outlet (or any electrical appliance) can be the most obvious sign of faulty wiring. Immediately trip the circuit breaker for that portion of the home before you unplug the appliance.
2.An overloaded electrical panel
- An overloaded electrical panel – can cause the components in the panel to overheat or short circuit. If your home is demanding more current than the circuit panel breakers are able to handle, you could be at risk for damaging the entire panel and initiating a fire.
3. Flickering lights when the wind blows
- Flickering lights when the wind blows – can be a sign of frayed wiring where your home’s electrical system connects to the power grid. The flickering can indicate a short circuit causing a flash arc.
4. Switchplates that are discolored
- Switchplates that are discolored – may indicate a repeated cycle of overheating of the plastic plate and wiring connection. A charred substance on the back of switch plates could indicate wiring that is not properly grounded or has a loose connection.
5. Frequent circuit breaker tripping
- Frequent circuit breaker tripping – can be caused by using too many extension cords or faulty wiring causing an excessive draw of amperage. The only way to know if the faulty wiring is the culprit is to have an electrician to perform an electrical inspection to determine your home’s electrical loads.
6. Aluminum wiring in the home
- Aluminum wiring in the home – which was popular in the 60s and 70s because it was cheaper than copper wiring. If “AL” is printed on your wiring then the connections between aluminum wiring and copper contacts may corrode easier. Also, aluminum expands and contracts more when heated. These repeated hot/cold cycles will eventually cause loose connections.
7. No GFCIs in the home
- No GFCIs in the home – which is common in older homes and is a current building code violation. GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) receptacles and breakers reduce the risk of electrocution in wet areas and can shut down a circuit in milliseconds to reduce the high level of danger associated with moisture and electrical circuits.
- Electrical shock – when plugging in appliances, if you get a mild shock, unplug it immediately and have an electrician that specializes in home rewiring look at your electrical system. Shocks from connecting appliances can indicate an improper earth grounding connection.
9.Cracked or damaged insulation
- Cracked or damaged insulation – could be caused by old wiring and insulation drying out and failing. Either way, old wiring with bad insulation is a dangerous situation and may require home rewiring to correct the issue.
10.Faulty light fixtures
- Faulty light fixtures – while this issue may be remedied by replacing the fixture, it is also difficult to determine if only one fixture is truly the culprit for your home’s electrical problems. Have an electrician determine if home lighting upgrade is the safest option.
Contact Express Electrical Services if your home is showing any of the above faulty electrical wiring signs. We are specialists in home rewiring services in Los Angeles and Southern California since 1982. Our crew of trained technicians are available 24/7 and will respond to emergencies within 60-90* minutes.