Signs That It's Time To Upgrade Your Home's Electrical System
If the lights in your home turn on when you hit the switch and your appliances turn on as instructed at the flip of a switch, you may not be aware that your electrical system in your home is not exactly in good working order. Sure, everything works, but you may not be getting enough power or your breaker box may be so full that there isn't any room for anything else. If you aren't sure what signs to look for with your electrical system, read on for a few signs to watch out for.
Lights Dim Often
If your lights dim when your air conditioner turns on or when you turn on an appliance in your home, it's a sign that your system needs to be upgraded. If you're pulling too much power, your system is going to have a hard time keeping up. An upgraded breaker box may be necessary. This is especially true if you have an older home. Older homes weren't built to have so much connected to the breaker box. If you have too much on one fuse, you may notice issues when something turns on in your home, such as the dishwasher, swimming pool, or air conditioner.
If you are blowing or popping fuses often, it's time for an upgrade. You most likely have too much loaded onto one fuse and it either needs to be upgraded or split up. If you aren't familiar with electrical systems, it's best to leave this work to the professionals. If a fuse is blown every time you plug something into an outlet, use a different outlet in the meantime to prevent the need to reset the fuse over and over again.
Your Home Is Over 20 Years Old
If your home is over 20 years old and has never had the breaker box replaced, you may have an older system that only has 60–100 amp service. The fuses are most likely older and have burned out, possibly multiple times. If this is the case, have a new breaker box installed so you can carry 200 amp service. This can also add to the value of your home.
These are just a few of the signs that your system needs to be upgraded. Hire a professional electrician to look over your electrical system in your home and to do the upgrade work for you. Electrical work should only ever be completed by a professional that has the know-how and tools to get the job done right.
For more information, contact an electrician.