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How Can I Check for Bad Wiring in My Home?

June 13, 2022 | Blog

Household electrical fires are responsible for approximately 51,000 fires per year. Your home wiring is precise, and bad wiring can be detrimental if the issue is not addressed fast enough. However, there are signs to look for when determining poor household wiring!

Our team at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning prioritizes you and your family’s safety before all else. Read ahead to learn how you can check for bad wiring in your home.

Signs of Bad Wiring

It can be hard to know if rewiring services are necessary for your home’s electrical system. Bad wiring can be obvious when you are aware of the warning signs.

Frequently Tripping Circuit Breakers

If you notice that your breakers are tripping, this is a sign of an electrical issue. The power in your home can sometimes overload the electrical panel. Your appliances can fry if the electricity surges, increasing the risk of fires.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are a signal for poor electrical wiring. This issue is often due to loose lightbulbs or an inconsistent dimmer switch. If you have checked for these causes and the flickering persists, rewiring services may be the solution.

Fraying Wires

Heat, corrosion, and bending can cause wires to fray. If an area of your home is experiencing electricity issues, unraveled wires may be the source of the problem. Wires for switches or plugs should be inspected and replaced if they are fraying.

Popping and Buzzing Noises

Buzzing noises coming from your outlets, switches, or appliances are not normal. These noises can be a sign of loose wires in the connections. Keep your ears open for any odd noises coming from your electrical components!

Heat and Scorch Marks

Scorch marks on outlets and switches are a telltale sign of poor home wiring. They should be cool to the touch with no warm spots. If you notice warm areas and black marks by your electrical components, something is likely wrong with your electric wiring.

Outdated Wiring

Older homes often have aluminum or knob-and-tube wiring. These designs are outdated and inferior. Older wiring can cause fire hazards, which is why updating your electric system may be beneficial.

Checking For Bad Wiring

Electrical issues should undergo repairs by a professional electrician. However, you can still perform a cursory check of your home’s electric system.

Apart from looking for the previously mentioned signs, you can also check your home’s fuse breaker or circuit box. Any irregular signs or damages may signal that repairs are necessary.

Benefits of Electrical Rewiring Services

If your home is having electrically induced problems, rewiring solutions can help! Modified electrical rewiring has many advantages, some of which are:

  • Safer electricity
  • Lower risk of fires and electrocution
  • Fewer outages
  • Higher energy efficiency

Electrical hazards are dangerous but preventable! Inspections and enhanced wiring keep your home safe and your electricity functioning.

Contact Berwick’s Favorite Electricians!

Our technicians at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning are experts at home electrical services. We also offer backup generator installation, heating and cooling services, and more. If you have concerns about your home’s wiring, we’re here to help! Contact us today to discuss your next steps!

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