If your home is at least 10-20 years old, then there’s a good chance the wiring is a little outdated, meaning it’s not designed to handle several appliances running at once constantly, which means there’s a danger of overloading. If the wiring can’t handle the workload, then this either means you have to deal with the frustration of playing with the circuit breaker, or worse, that the wires will overheat and possibly start a fire. Until more recent generations, electrical wiring was protected with a rubber coating, which over the years can gradually deteriorate and expose the wires- this also causes a fire hazard. If you ever plan to sell your home, any out-dated electric wiring means you won’t pass the house inspection.
Safe is always better than sorry, having a qualified electrician come in to inspect your home is crucial and best to do once every year or two. But if it’s time to rewire your home, don’t fret. Depending on the age of your house, the solution could be as simple as updating your electrical service panel, or the much more challenging task of the electrical rewiring for your entire house.
Upgrading Your Electrical Panel
Let’s say you just had the electrician inspect your home, and you figure out your house has only 100 amps, but you have a big home, a family, and lots of appliances, so you want 200 amps. Rewiring your home needs a new panel. Electrical rewiring for your entire house, however, can be expensive and can cost anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000 to rewire a 1,500 – 3,000 square foot home. If you don’t feel comfortable entirely rewiring your home, a brand new electrical panel can still help with your electrical problems. But let’s say the electrician discovers your house has some faulty wiring, an upgraded electrical panel won’t fix that problem.
Signs the Your House Needs Rewiring
Safety is a top priority, and outdated or faulty wiring is a serious threat to homeowners. It’s important to keep a watchful eye for any signs that would indicate the need for an electrician to inspect your home. Luckily, there are some distinct clues as to when rewiring your home is a serious option.
- Flickering Lights
- Charred or discolored outlets
- A constant burnt smell (plastic or vinyl), usually accompanied with a sizzling sound
- Frequent tripped circuit boards or blown fuses
- Visibly damaged wires
First, 200 A panel upgrade in an existing location. Use all existing circuits in the panel. Customers are aware of no permits here pulled or meter spots. Second, SV panel installs for back house/garage. Connect existing circuits. Dedicated laundry circuit from sub-panel. Third, the whole house rewired. Circuits ran from new panels to designated locations. No drywall repair.
Since electrical rewiring for your home is first and foremost, an issue of safety, it’s paramount to have a licensed electrician fix the wiring in your home. Contact US Electrical when you are up for rewiring a house.