Let’s face it: Electricity is one of those things your home always needs. Every room utilizes electricity, some more than others, and it is vital to stay up to date on your home’s electrical wiring.
Electrical rewiring is not something homeowners should put off; doing so can result in significant damages to your home, possessions, and, unfortunately, your health, too.
That’s why taking care of your electrical wiring is our priority at Asbury Electric. We’ve been doing so in the Gloucester area for many years. We are a team of experienced, certified, and skilled electricians whose goal is to give you what you need.
We are committed to providing the highest quality services. You should never settle for less than the best. We guarantee that in a search for “the best electrician near me,” Asbury Electric will always be first.
Signs Your Home Needs Electrical Rewiring
Typically, an electrical system will last anywhere from 50 to 70 years if installed and maintained correctly. However, it is not uncommon for homeowners to need to replace their electrical system long before the end of its lifespan.
You may not know it, but your house is constantly giving you signs that it’s ready for electrical rewiring. We want you to be able to identify when these things are happening so that you can call a professional to get the job done.
Here are some ways that your home will let you know it’s time to have your electrical rewired:
- Lights flickering
- Humming noise from lamps
- The smell of something burning
- Outlets are hot during/after use
- Outlets only have two prongs
Suppose you’ve noticed any of these things happening in your Gloucester home and are unsure of what is going on. In that case, your home’s electrical system could benefit from a visit from a professional electrician.
If any of the following is true for you, then you may need to schedule an electrical rewiring service:
- Your home is 40 years or older
- Your wiring is aluminum
- Your lights flicker while multiple appliances are in use
- Your home has not been rewired
- Your outlets emit a burning odor
- You have exposed wires
- Windy weather brings flickering lights
All these things are indicative of an outdated electrical system. You may also want to explore rewiring if you have an older system that has:
- Aluminum wiring
- Frequent fuse-box failure
- Cloth insulation
- Knob and tube wiring
- Two prong outlets
- Metal jacketed wiring
Knob and tube wiring do not satisfy a modern 3-prong outlet requirement, while cloth insulation can easily catch fire. In addition, metal-jacketed wiring has the potential for electric shock. For any of these problems, the team at Asbury Electric can help.
Common Problems Caused by Faulty Wiring
Electrical fires are the most dangerous problem that can be caused by failing to replace faulty wiring. However, a few other issues can arise when you do not replace old or faulty wiring systems. These include:
- Shock hazards
Putting off electrical rewiring will only increase the risk of an electrical fire. This puts you and your loved ones in harm’s way. The longer you wait, the higher the risk will be.
Electrical Rewiring by Asbury Electric
If you’re ready to replace your old electrical system or simply want to make sure that yours is working correctly, we can help. We provide a wide variety of electrical rewiring services to fit any needs you may have in Gloucester and the surrounding areas.
There are a few different services that we can provide, including:
- Aluminum wiring replacement
- Knob and tube replacement
- Metal jacketed wiring replacement
It is not a good idea to use aluminum wiring in your home. We can replace aluminum wiring so that your home is safe, and we can do so on your schedule.
Our skilled technicians can get the job done safely and efficiently so that you can go back to using the electricity in your home without a second thought. We will work room by room for your convenience so that you don’t have to leave the house while we are there — and so your entire home will not be without power.
We can also help to replace the knob and tube wiring. This type of system is outdated and does not have all of the safety precautions that modern-day electrical systems have. Wires are commonly found with damaged insulation and hanging loose due to the outdated wiring system.
It is best to replace knob and tube wiring to avoid power shortages and electrical fires, both of which can be caused by the outdated system. This is because they were designed to carry less current than modern homes require.
Time for some history: Copper is a much better conductor of electricity than aluminum. However, there was a copper shortage in the 1960s and ‘70s that resulted in many homes using aluminum wiring. This is why many homes built between 1965 and 1975 are at higher risk for electrical fires.
You may be wondering why aluminum is so bad. The short answer is that it is a fire hazard, but there’s more to it than that. Electricity generates heat, and in an electrical system, that heat causes the wires to expand and contract.
Aluminum wires tend to be more susceptible to temperature changes than copper. Resulting in greater expansion and contraction changes. When you rely on them to conduct electricity for your entire home, the high temperatures generated by large amounts of electricity can cause them to catch fire.
Electrical Rewiring Services in Gloucester
When you need electrical rewiring services, you want the job to be done right the first time. Turn to the experienced professionals at Asbury Electric. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!