Many varying factors determine the lifespan of your home’s electrical wiring. While you would like the system to last forever, chances are good that it won’t. Additionally, the status of your home’s wiring can be a mystery, because everything is contained within the walls. Replacing electrical wiring can be an expensive-but-worthwhile investment. Here are some reasons to consider rewiring your home.
It’s about time. If your home is older, the wiring probably needs an update. Depending on circumstances and the type of wiring, even newer homes may need an electrical renovation. The wiring within your home lasts about 20 years, on average. Still, it’s good practice to have a fully qualified professional inspect the wiring every 10 years to ensure everything is working properly and up to code.
You need more power. And who doesn’t? You may have some larger, high-power appliances that require a measure of energy your current wiring can’t supply. Frequently tripped breakers are solid evidence of this. Periodic power outages could mean it’s time to replace the wiring.
Furthermore, the number of available outlets per room could indicate the need for an electrical upgrade. The rooms in your home should have a properly grounded outlet every six to eight feet.
Increase your home’s resale value. Maybe you’re thinking of selling in the not-too-distant future. An updated electrical system increases the value of your home and its appeal to potential buyers.
Negotiate cheaper insurance. Insurance companies understand that a rewired home is a well-maintained and safer home. As such, homeowners who update their home’s electrical wiring have better opportunities for reduced insurance premiums.
Safety. Above all else, your family’s safety is the biggest reason to rewire your home. Old, damaged, or inadequate wiring can be dangerous. In fact, outdated wiring is a primary cause of electrical fires. Older wiring heats up quickly and cannot manage the power demand of newer appliances. Pay attention for things such as:
If you have experienced power issues in your home, you may need to consider rewiring the electrical system. From inspection to replacement, the experts at Stafford Home Service are ready to assist with your residential electrical needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment.