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Signs of a Home in Need of Rewiring

home-rewiring-signsOne home component that you likely don’t give very much thought to is the electrical wiring running behind your walls to your outlets and switches in order to provide your home with power. After all, out of sight, out of mind, right?

Your electrical wiring is something you should actually think about. This is particularly true if you have an older home or if you’ve added significant electrical components or appliances to your home recently. Fortunately, you can call on our team when you’re in need of Needham, MA electrical services.

But how do you know if your home is in need of rewiring to begin with?

How Old Is Your Home?

Is your home at least 30 years old, or older? If you are unsure if it’s had a rewiring in that time, then it’s at least worth having a professional electrician take a look to determine if your wiring can still handle the electrical load that is being demanded by it. A whole-home rewiring would update your home and bring it up to current standards, if needed.

Do You See Any Charring?

Check your outlets. Do you see any discoloration or charring on or around them? This is a sign that a small electrical fire has occurred. In the majority of cases, these small fires will go out on their own. However it is certainly not something to be ignored—this is a definite sign that your electrical wiring is frayed or damaged and needs to be replaced before you have a much larger emergency on your hands.

Are You Detecting a Burning Smell?

If you’re consistently noticing a burning smell in your home and cannot find an obvious cause, then you could very well be dealing with an electrical short. It may be under your floorboards, behind the walls, or even in your attic. Wires can smolder for days, or even longer, before a fire starts. But once a fire starts, it may be too late to save your home, let alone your wiring. Be sure to call in our professional electricians right away should you smell burning.

Other Warning Signs

These are just a few of the major signs you should watch out for that indicate your home may be in need of electrical rewiring. The following warning signs are important to be aware of as well:

  • Frequent tripped breakers or blown fuses
  • An over-amped electrical panel
  • Dimming for flickering lights—this indicates an overloaded circuit
  • Hot switch plates, cords, or plugs
  • Light bulbs that burn out long before they should
  • Buzzing or sizzling noises
  • Arcs or sparks from an outlet when you plug something in
  • Cracked, cut, or broken insulation
  • Electrical shock with you plug in a cord

If you are relying on extension cords with multiple outlets for power, or have made any major home improvements or appliance additions, keep in mind that this can strain your existing electrical system. Also, if your home has ungrounded, two-prong outlets or aluminum wiring (instead of copper), then electrical wiring is in your best interest.

FB Electrical Services Inc. is your trusted resource for a variety of electrical services throughout the Boston area.

Contact us today to learn more!

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