According to United States Fire Administration, it was discovered that the fire department does respond to over 25,000 residential electrical fire annually. These, however, cause around 1,125 injuries, 280 deaths and an estimated amount of around $1.1 billion loss of property. To prevent the number from increasing, various preventive measures can be taken.
There are many signs to be aware of that will let you know when your home's electrical wiring needs to upgraded
Frequent electrical wiring issues
According to researchers, the main causes of fires in a residential building are damaged wiring of the home. Your should know that the risk of fire outbreak in your home increases based on the age of your house. This is because the older wiring of your home may not meet the latest requirements and the materials used will likely deteriorate with time. Therefore, it is advisable to have a home electrical system audit conducted by a licensed electrician to determine if your home's system needs upgrading.
Extreme usage of extension cords
If you find yourself plugging in all your appliances into one power outlet by extension cords and power strips. This can be a sign that it’s time to upgrade by installing a new electrical panel for your home. The older panels were designed in a time that didn't have the electrical requirements of today's modern appliances and electrical systems.
Age of the house
Another factor to consider if your hoe needs a new electrical system upgrade is simply the age of the wiring in the home. This tells a lot about the home and can make it prone to fire hazards or potential physical damage. For example, in the 60’s and 70’s, aluminum wiring was popular, unlike today when copper wiring is widely used.
Aluminum will contract and expand as temperature changes; therefore the wiring will expand and this makes the connection loosen, which can lead to a fire or other accident. It is recommended to upgrade to copper wiring or if you can’t afford the cost, you can pigtail the connections with copper wirings.
When you plan to install new appliances
As we know that older house’s wiring were installed in a time when a home requires small lower-electrical yielded appliances. If you are installing appliances or other electrical components that consumes a lot of energy like refrigerators, hot water heaters, air handlers or air conditioners, be sure that your home can meet the electrical demand loads.
If you have questions in detail about the compatibility of your home with some equipment you have, please reach out to a certified electrician in Albany for assistance. Call McCauley Electrical today!