If you’re looking for that perfect character or heritage home, you might find that your older-but-perfect dream home needs to have its electrical system upgraded to meet current building code. There are some hazards that come with older wiring, so it must be done, but is it worth the cost and effort or should you walk away from that house?
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Older wiring can be dangerous.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “homes built before 1972, and wired with aluminum are 55 times more likely to have one or more wire connections at outlets reach ‘Fire Hazard Conditions’ than homes wired with copper”. Aluminum wire is known for overheating when the current is flowing through the circuit. If the wire gets too hot it can spark from the receptacle or burn materials around the connection. It is a major fire hazard and must be replaced.
Faulty wiring is the number one cause of house fires. This can be because the wiring is just old and worn out, or because it was installed incorrectly. Either way, you should have your electrical system and wiring inspected, repaired and/or replaced by a professional electrician like Jadrian Electrical before you move in.
Outdated electrical systems weren’t built to power the needs of today.
Back in the day, the average home only needed 60 amps to power household appliances, one television and a few other electronics. Now, the average homeowner is running things like home theatre systems, sound systems, multiple TVs, video games, computers and so on. The average home needs 200 amps to run smoothly and safely. Running more power than your older system can handle can be both a fire hazard and damaging to your electronics and appliances.
An electrical upgrade is worth the investment.
Upgrading the entire electrical system in a home is not cheap, but if you’ve finally found the home of your dreams it is well worth the investment. It is expensive because all of the old wiring is behind the walls and in the ceiling. This makes it a big, time consuming job for electricians to remove the old wiring, install new and connected them to all the outlets and switches in the house. The cost will vary from job to job, depending on the size and style of the home. For an accurate estimate to replace the wiring in your home, contact Jadrian Electrical Services.
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Jadrian Electrical Services offers professional, quality electrical services that will ensure your home and family is running efficiently and safely. Whether you are building a new home, embarking on a major renovation, need electrical repair or to upgrade the electrical system completely, Jadrian Electrical can help!