Few components in your home are more important than your electrical wiring. Without them, you wouldn’t have electricity for lights, electronics, and vital appliances like your refrigerator and air conditioning. The wiring makes modern life possible. But like anything else, wires can wear out, and when they do, you may find yourself with a significant problem on your hands.
Furthermore, older homes can suffer from wiring problems with alarming frequency. We’re an old enough community to have houses that stretch back a century or more, and wiring systems that may go back to the Second World War or older. In such cases, the problem needs to be addressed before it causes serious damage.
What Kinds of Problems Do Older Wiring Cause?
Older wiring can be problematic both because individual components can wear out–wires fray, fittings loosen, etc.–and because repairs conducted over the years have likely resulted in a chaotic jumble of components. Wiring repairs conducted twenty years ago, for instance, may involve parts that are no longer in production, and if you extrapolate that through the entire house, it can make for quite a mess.
Furthermore, old cables can become weakened by the relentless march of time, and even when hidden behind the crawlspace in your walls, they can’t escape inevitable wear and tear.
That in turn, can lead to serious power failures in your home. Even worse, they can cause a short and lead to a fire, which threatens the entire home and its occupants. If you suspect that your wiring needs replacing, it always pays to have an electrician give your system a look.
Why Trust an Electrician?
Electricity is dangerous. Without the proper training to handle electrical systems properly, you can cause serious damage or even injury. A trained, licensed, and experienced technician knows how to replace old wiring.
Beyond that, however, electricians can perform an accurate assessment of your home and make specific recommendations on ways to improve the safety of its wiring. For instance, a bathroom outlet can be replaced with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet to help prevent high voltage shocks, and outdated electrical switches can be swapped out for new ones. Such changes usually take place in the crawlspaces or similar hidden locations, which means they won’t disturb the aesthetics of an “old fashioned” older home.
Perhaps the best reason to trust an electrician, however, is that they can tell you how much of your system requires rewiring and how much of it is still able to function effectively. They can then make a recommendation to you on the best way to proceed. That, in turn, can end up saving you a great deal of money on the rewiring and ensure that you have all of the information you need at your disposal to make an informed decision about the best way to proceed.
Here in Overland Park, KS, quality electrical services can be performed by the friendly professionals at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling. Call us today to set up an appointment!