Is your electrical wiring up to code? If you know your wiring is faulty, old or insufficient to handle your electrical needs, the new year is a great time to commit to a wiring inspection. In some cases, problems are severe enough that you should seriously consider replacing the wiring in your home, but that’s not always the case. Regardless, ignoring serious problems simply isn’t worth the risk!
Signs You Need an Electrical Wiring Inspection
If you notice your electrical system behaving oddly or failing to meet your power needs, schedule an inspection with a qualified electrician at Fab Electric. Examples of things to watch out for include:
- tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses
- flickering lights in windy weather or when using a high-powered appliance
- excessive use of power strips and extension cords to make up for a lack of outlets
- visible rodent damage
- scorch marks or a burning smell coming from an outlet
- popping, buzzing or crackling electrical system
Some wiring issues are small enough that they don’t create a serious hazard. Others warrant immediate wiring replacement if you run across them. These issues include:
-Outdated wiring: Pre-1930s homes were built with knob and tube wiring. The 40s and 50s were a time of non-metallic wiring. Even as recently as the 60s and 70s, aluminum wiring was used in homes across the US. Discovering any of these known fire hazards warrants a wiring replacement.
-Ungrounded outlets: You know an outlet is ungrounded if it has only two openings instead of three. Many high-powered appliances come with a third prong, which you will be unable to use in an ungrounded outlet.
-Inadequate power: Constantly tripping breakers could be a sign that your home doesn’t have enough power. If your home is only powered by 60 amps, you may need to upgrade to 100 or 200 amps to support the higher electrical needs of most homes today.
Wiring Inspection and Repair Services in MD, VA & DC
Concerned about your wiring? Don’t take any chances! At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, things will be back in order and working safely in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!