As discussed in Part 1, the increasing number of appliances and devices often overload the electrical systems of older houses, condominiums, and apartment buildings. This can lead to several problems that could have been prevented by updating their electrical panel and wiring. Part 2 will cover Update Symptoms, Upgrade Benefits, and Electrical Fires.
Below are typical symptoms indicating a home’s electrical system needs an upgrade:
- Frequent tripping of circuit breakers.
- Lights dimming when appliances are turned on.
- Extension cords, power strips, and adapters needed to create additional electric outlets.
An electrical upgrade of an older home would allow residents to use modern appliances in safety. Costly electronic equipment would be protected. In addition, high-energy consuming systems such as centralized heating and air conditioning could be accommodated. An electrical system could also raise a home’s resale value. However, the greatest benefit is ensuring the protection of a home from fire hazards resulting from overloaded circuits.
Common Causes of Electrical Fire
The update of an electrical system can help prevent the five most common causes of electrical fires in older homes as set forth below.
Faulty electrical outlets, receptacles, and switches used with older appliances with frayed or worn cords near combustible materials found in homes.
Overuse and misuse of extension cords because of a lack of outlets. Running them underneath carpets and rugs may cause a fire because of overheating.
Improper use of light bulbs, fixtures, and lamps. Never exceed maximum recommended bulb wattage of a lamp or lighting fixture.
Misusing space heaters, especially by placing them near combustible items such as blankets, curtains, and clothing.
Worn and outdated wiring that does not have the capacity to handle modern electrical demands of households with numerous devices and appliances, including computers, air conditioners, large wide-screen televisions, etc.
Electrical Peace of Mind
Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:
- Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
- Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
- Electrical Service & Repair
- Specialty Electrical Services
For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. They will be very glad to help you.