The Name You Trust for your
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM UPGRADES
Electrical System Upgrades | 1-800-Plumber + Air & Electric of Amarillo
As your house gets older, the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC components that make it operate also get older. Unfortunately, as these things age, they become less efficient, more prone to problems, and require more frequent repairs. If you're tired of having issues with your electrical system, you should consider getting a few electrical system upgrades.
Upgrading your electrical system or even just a few individual pieces can take your house to the next level. It can also save you a great deal of money on repairs and utility bills. Contact us if you think it's time to upgrade your electrical system and for our expert advice about what your next steps should be.
GET IT FIXED?
Contact Us Now!
Warning Signs That You Should Upgrade Your Electrical System
Luckily, your electrical system isn't something that typically breaks down or goes haywire in a single day or week. There are usually weeks, months, or even years of warning signs to give you fair warning that something's wrong with your electrical system. Here are a few of the main ones to watch out for.
- Tripping Breakers
Constantly tripping breakers are usually a sign that a circuit is overloaded. The only way to fix the problem and not impede your way of life is to rewire the circuit and transfer power to other areas.
- Flickering or Dimming Lights
Flickering or randomly dimming lights is also a sign that your circuit could be overloaded.
- Blown Fuses
Blown fuses in your appliances or electrical devices are usually a sign of faulty wiring or a power surge. This may happen every once in a while, but the problem shouldn't persist.
- Dark or Discolored Outlets
If you start to notice dark spots or discoloration around your outlets, it could mean that they're too hot and are starting to burn up. It could also mean that you're plugging appliances into them that are too high-powered for what the outlet can handle.
- Sparking Appliances
Sparking appliances are never a good sign. This could signify a problem with your electrical system or the specific device that is sparking. If sparking occurs with multiple appliances at the same outlet, your electrical system is likely at fault.
- Not Having the Proper Outlet
It was common to have two-prong outlets with a hot and a neutral slot in older homes. Modern outlets, however, have three prongs with an additional slot for grounding purposes. If you have mostly two-prong outlets throughout your home, there's a good chance that your entire electrical system is outdated.
What are the Risks of Having an Outdated Electrical System?
Not only is having an outdated electrical system inefficient and irritating, but it's also dangerous. Modern appliances and devices have more power than older ones, and you're also likely to use more of them simultaneously. Let's look at some of the risks your outdated electrical system could pose.
- Fire Hazard
Outdated electrical systems are more prone to power surges, shorts, and other things that could potentially cause a spark. If a spark happens to strike near flammable material, it could set of a chain of events resulting in the start of a fire.
The older your electrical system gets, the more likely it is to start zapping and electrocuting you. Electrical shocks can happen from plugging something into an outlet, unplugging something, or even putting your hand too close to an electrical device. If you have an older home, the problem is likely a result of your outdated electrical system
- Damaged appliance