When to Replace Wiring
One of the biggest causes of electrical fires in the US is aging electrical wiring. A house with wiring that is too old is at greater risk for a number of problems, and can also be less efficient than a home with newer systems—but how can you tell when it’s time to rewire?
The first sign that your home needs to be rewired is if the wiring it over fifty years old. In many cases, these systems are not designed to handle the high electrical load of a modern lifestyle, and they may have outdated or degrading insulation that can lead to trouble. Be sure to get rewired soon if your electrical system hasn’t been upgraded for five decades. Also, check to see if your home was built with 60’s or 70’s aluminum wiring; it might not be as old as other systems are but it’s still a dangerous and obsolete system.
There are other signs to watch for that indicate you need new electrical wiring. If your circuit breaker trips frequently, it could be a sign that you are overloading the system. If your outlets and switches are becoming discolored, it could indicate the presence of charring from overheating. Dimming, flickering, or buzzing behavior can also mean you have issues. If you smell something burning, turn off the electricity and call an electrician immediately; you may need to get the wiring replaced. Rewiring house systems is an excellent way to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe.