Own an Older Home? Signs You Need an Electrician

If you own an older home, chances are pretty good that you are going to need an electrician – and probably sooner than later.

Electrical codes are constantly being updated to ensure that homes are safe, so it is important that you make sure your home is up-to-date with current codes. That, coupled with the fact that you are likely using technology that your home’s electrical system isn’t designed to handle, a visit from an electrical contractor is almost certainly in your future.

Here are some surefire signs that indicate your older home needs a new electrical system upgrade.

Constant Interruptions

If the circuit breaker is regularly tripping, fuses are blowing more than you are comfortable with, or your circuits are drawing too much current, you need to call a long island electrician as soon as possible.

Flickering Lights

Does the light in the bathroom flicker when you turn on the hair dryer? Does the light in your kitchen go dim when your fridge flips on? If so, you need to call an electrician. A lot of appliances that are driven by motors (hair dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners and the like,) draw a tremendous amount of current. If you have an older home, it’s a safe bet that your circuits aren’t wired to draw that much power. You will need to have a dedicated circuit installed to ensure that your electrical system is operating safely.

Outdated Outlets

Many older homes are outfitted with two-pronged outlets. Obviously, a three-pronged electrical cord isn’t going to fit into a two-pronged outlet. In addition to being inconvenient, these types of outlets could be a sign that your electrical wiring is not properly grounded, which is unsafe.

A Warm and Shocking Feeling

When you plug in an appliance, or flip on a light switch, do you notice that you get a mild shock? Do your outlets or switch plates feel warm to the touch? If so, you need to call an electrician as soon as possible. The cause of the problem could be something as simple as too much demand being placed on the circuit, or it could be something far more complex and dangerous.

A Rusty Panel

If you see rust starting to develop around the main electrical service panel, something is not right. This type of deterioration can damage the wiring connections that are housed within. This could also be an indication that there are other similar problems throughout your home’s electrical system.

When it comes to the electrical system of an older home, it is far better to err on the side of caution. To ensure the safety of your home – and the people who live in it – arrange to have a licensed and experienced electrician assess the system. You could wait until you notice one of these issues, but why run the risk? The sooner you have your electrical system inspected, the sooner it can be corrected, and the safer your home – and you – will be.

If you are concerned about the electrical system in your home, please contact a long island electrical contractor! One of our licensed, certified electricians will be happy to inspect your system and make any necessary changes.