Just buy a new home? Congratulations! What an exciting milestone in your life! Now that you’re settling in and becoming familiar with the new layout, the neighborhood and the local shopping and dining establishments, it’s time to put some thought into some of your home’s major systems. Today, we’re talking electric — and the system in the home you just purchased may need some major upgrades.
Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:
The Age Of The Home
Older homes were not built to handle today's household electrical needs. Many homes were built before items such as computers and microwaves even existed. Take a few seconds to let that sink in…
But it may come as no surprise that if the electrical system was installed prior to 1970, there’s a very good chance it won’t adequately support your family’s electrical needs today. Just think — that refrigerator, the oven, the computers, the televisions in just about every room, the new washer and dryer… and the list goes on and on.
Constantly Tripping Breakers
Notice your breakers are always tripping? No, that’s not normal, so don’t let anyone fool you. Circuit breakers keep you and your home safe by tripping, or turning off, when a wire running to or from a specific device becomes overloaded.
What does that mean?
An overloaded wire can become extremely hot and result in a major electrical fire. For this reason, if you notice your breakers are tripping quite frequently, it’s a major red flag indicating it’s time for an upgrade.
Your Lights Dim Frequently
Notice your lights dimming each time you turn on the vacuum cleaner or another large appliance? Again, this is not normal, so don’t let anyone fool you.
In fact, if your electrical system is up-to-date, you shouldn’t notice a change in lighting intensity at all. If you do notice this happening in your home, it’s time to call in the experts right away!
You Find Yourself Using Electrical Cords Often
First and foremost, electrical cords should only be used as temporary solutions. If you find yourself relying on them for everyday use, it means you simply don’t have enough outlets installed in your home.
The safest solution, is to have new outlets installed.
You Just Installed New Large Appliances
Since you just bought a new home, you wanted new appliances to go along with it, right? Well, today’s appliances tend to suck up lots of electricity, especially when combined with other large appliances, and that old electrical system just won’t cut it.
And if all that wasn’t enough, consider the fact that faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of residential wires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. A fire is the last thing you need in your brand new home, so what are you waiting for? The number one goal of our electricians is your safety. We consider electrical rewiring to play a major role in ensuring a safer home for all members of your household with a steady flow for all household appliances.
We know that unexpected home repair expenses can cause havoc on your household budget. At Beacon Electrical Services, our customers have a choice of payment methods. We understand that emergencies should never break the bank and that’s why we offer financing options.
Power-related issues caused by a glitchy electrical system are a burden for residential and commercial property owners alike. That explains why the Beacon Electrical Services team is so committed to being a trusted source for expert electrical services in Fairfax and the surrounding neighborhoods. Call us today at (703) 343-9884.