Investing in an upgrade can prevent electrical problems. It can also increase the resale value of your Charleston, South Carolina, property. Here are four reasons to consider a residential electrical upgrade:
Electrical Upgrades Correct Problems With Wiring
Faulty wiring is to blame for most residential fires. The older the home, the greater the risk. Insulation and other materials wear out over time. Older homes may not be up to code. Residential electrical systems should be inspected every year. Indications that you have wiring problems include:
- Tingling sensation when you touch a lighting fixture or an appliance
- Flickering lights
- Burning smell
- Discolored or sparking outlets
Prepare for New Appliance Installation
HVAC systems, refrigerators, washers, dryers and dishwashers all consume a lot of energy. Your electrical panel might not have enough power to keep major appliances up and running.
Replace Fuses With Circuit Breakers
Circuit breakers and fuses prevent electrical overloads by cutting off the electrical current. Circuit breakers need only to be reset. Fuses must always be replaced. Fuses are considered outdated. Some insurance companies won’t even insure a home unless it’s equipped with circuit breakers.
Avoid Overusing Power Strips
Excessive reliance on power strips and extension cords is a good indication that your electrical panel needs an upgrade. Overusing these devices can create a fire hazard. Upgrading your electrical panel will bring more power into your Charleston home and allow you to operate more devices safely.
Never attempt to perform electrical upgrades yourself, and don’t hire a contractor who offers a cheap price. Instead, hire a reputable Charleston electrician like Mr. Sparky. We’ve been keeping Charleston homes powered up since 1996. We do everything from ceiling fan installation to complete electrical panel upgrades. Visit us online, or call us to learn more at (843) 212-4110.