Do you have old electrical wires in your home, such as cloth wiring, that are not up to the current electrical code? While you are not forced to upgrade your wiring, it may be something that you are interested in doing. Here are a few reasons to upgrade your home's electrical system.
Improving Safety Concerns
A common reason that homeowners rewire their homes is due to safety concerns. They may be worried about the existing wires being a serious fire hazard, and would rather replace the wires and not have to worry about it anymore. This is especially true if a home is using knob and tube wiring, which is prone to overheating and causing electrical fires. Anytime a permit is obtained for home wiring, it will result in making sure that the electrical system is all up to the current code and as safe as possible.
Are you currently making upgrades in your home that involve electrical wiring? This could include renovating a kitchen that will now have more appliances in it or adding more outlets to an existing room. Another common upgrade these days for homeowners is to add a charging station for a new vehicle. These charging stations not only involve new wiring but often a new electrical panel as well.
No matter what the reason is, a home upgrade makes it a good time to also reevaluate the wiring since you can make changes to it at the same time as the upgrade.
Do you have too many electrical outlets on one circuit breaker? This is more common in older homes, which may have had all of the bedrooms wired together on a single circuit breaker. However, these days there are a lot more electrical needs in a bedroom. You may have turned one bedroom into a home office, or a bedroom may have a lot of electronic components, such as game consoles and a big-screen TV. Rewiring the home can allow you to make smaller circuits so that the breaker does not become overloaded.
Do you have a room that simply doesn't have enough outlets in it? Adding outlets to a room means that a longer wire will need to be run through the conduit to reach the new outlet locations. This is a great time to rewire a home because you can replace that old wiring with new wiring that is up to code.
Contact a local electrician to learn more.