We love older homes. Homes that have stood the test of time have a lot going for them: they’ve proven their mettle by surviving the years, and have a lot of history and character.
Older homes do require their fair share of maintenance, however, especially when it comes to the electrical wiring. If your home was built before the mid-1970’s, it may be wise to hire an electrician to investigate whether rewiring is right for you, before any accidents happen.
Signs your home needs rewiring
Older homes with outdated wiring can be prone to shutoffs, or in worst case scenarios can be fire hazards. Be on the lookout for any of these telltale signs that you should get your wiring inspected by a professional:
- Overheating or uncharacteristic warmth coming off of outlets or cords.
- Regular or frequent blown fuses from overloads
- Frequent power outages
- Visibly worn electrical cables or wiring made from aluminum (if “AL” is on the wiring jacket, your wires are aluminum)
- Persistent burning smells with no identifiable source
- Your home has two-prong electrical outlets but not three-prong outlets
The benefits of rewiring
First and foremost, rewiring an older building has numerous safety benefits. Properly-done rewiring will limit the chances of accidental electrical fire, electrical shock or other mishaps. Having your home’s wiring redone can also improve the service capacity of your entire electrical system, letting you use more electricity without fear of overloading your circuits or blowing fuses. Your entire home’s energy efficiency can also be improved with new wiring, saving you on your utility bills in the long run.
How and when to rewire
Depending on the architecture and original quality of the wiring in your home, the difficulty in rewiring can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, holes may need to be made in parts of walls or floors to ensure the best connections are made. That’s why we suggest you make rewiring part of a larger home renovation or remodeling project. If you’re also in need of a plumbing overhaul, consolidate all your projects into one time period. That way your contractors can work together and shorten the time you have to live with ongoing maintenance in your home.
Is it time for your home to get a wiring checkup? Get in touch with a J.R. Wortman professional and schedule a consultation today. Don’t neglect on taking care of your home, it’s taken good care of you!