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Does My Home Need New Wiring?

stripping-wiresWe won’t try to sugar coat it for you: rewiring your home is a major undertaking. It is one that you may find yourself faced with at some point because, frankly, even the best electrical wiring systems are not going to last forever.  It doesn’t matter if you have ancient knob and tube wiring in your home or if your system is pretty modern but old and/or damaged nonetheless. Once you need rewiring, it is just is not the type of job that you can put off.

It is also certainly not the type of job that you can hope to have completed by a novice or by yourself and a few buddies, either. Every step of the electrical wiring process must be handled by trained, professional electricians—as is the case with any electrical repair in Lynnwood. That is why you should always keep our number handy! And now, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs that you need electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA.

Do You Have Flickering Lights in Your Home?

We have discussed this topic in depth before, so be sure to seek out that post if the answer to the question above is “yes.” That being said, it is definitely worth quickly summarizing here, because problems with flickering lights can definitely be due to bad wiring. This is most likely the case if you have flickering lights throughout your whole house.

If it is just one fixture, check to make sure that the bulb is actually screwed in all the way and that it is making contact with the base properly. If it is, then the issue may be with the bulb itself. If replacing it doesn’t solve the problem, then the wiring is most likely to blame. It may be a location-specific problem, but it’s in your best interest to double check.

Do You Smell Burning?

This is a serious safety concern. It doesn’t matter how new your electrical wiring is. If you smell burning and there is not an obvious source, like the cookies that you forgot about in the oven, then you need to contact a professional electrician immediately. You could have arc faults in your wiring that pose a fire risk.

The same is true if your outlets and switches feel warm to the touch or if there are scorch marks on receptacles. Make no mistake about it—your safety is in danger in such cases. Do not ignore any such signs of trouble.

Are You Frequently Resetting Tripped Circuits?

Well, yeah, but that’s what the circuit breaker is there for, right? 

Yes, but that doesn’t mean that you should be resetting your circuits very frequently. You could be due for a service panel upgrade if you have added on appliances and systems recently. However, it could also mean that your wiring is just no longer functioning the way that it should. Whatever the case, if your trips to the breaker are increasing, let us know.

Schedule your electrical services with G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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