Modern homes, homes built in the last 15-20 years, have been designed with modern lifestyles in mind, i.e. lifestyles that demand high levels of energy usage; however, homeowners residing in older homes, those built over 20 years ago, often find that their homes are unable to provide them with adequate access to the energy they require to keep comfortable and content.
Widescreen televisions, game consoles, hi-fi systems, dishwashers, microwaves and gargantuan refrigerators weren’t about when many older homes were built so people had less need for electricity 20 years ago than they do now; and consequently, homes at the time were designed and built with, what were then, present-day energy requirements in mind.
What this means for many homeowners, is that their homes simply aren’t capable of meeting their growing energy requirements because of the strain their energy usage puts upon their existing electrical system; additionally, as many homeowners have come to realise after an incident, there exists a very real need to have their electrical systems assessed because they might be at risk of an electrical fire breaking out.
As someone who lacks experience in such matters, your opinion concerning your home’s ability to meet your energy needs isn’t an informed one, though that isn’t to say that you aren’t in a position in which to make some simple observations about your home’s electrical system and the need to have your home’s wiring checked and redone.
Five Signs Your Wiring Needs Checking and/or Redoing Immediately
If you notice any of the following, it’s a telltale sign that you should contact an electrician immediately to have your wiring checked, and if necessary, redone.
- Circuit breakers and fuses go out frequently
Circuit breakers and fuses help to protect you and your home from electrical fires which could break out when the circuit overloads, which is a result of it exceeding the number of amps it’s designed to manage.
There are two common reasons why circuits and fuses go out; firstly, there may be a short in the wiring, and secondly, there may be too many high-amp appliances plugged into the circuit, causing it to overload.
- You have extension cables plugged into extension cables
This is a problem in many older homes because they lack the number of receptacle sockets that modern lifestyles demand. There’s a danger here because too many appliances plugged into a circuit have a tendency to strain it, increasing the likelihood of it overloading.
- The lights dimmer and flicker on a frequent basis
There are a number of reasons why lights might dimmer and flicker on a frequent basis, including a short at the junction where the electrical wires lead into the house, faulty wiring somewhere along the circuit, or an overloaded circuit.
Whatever the reason for the lights dimming and flickering, an electrician’s attention is required as soon as possible.
- Outlets and light switches are burned or discoloured
If you notice any electrical outlets or light switches that are burned or discoloured, this is a particularly bad sign and you should call an electrician immediately as your home is at risk of an electrical fire breaking out.
- Plugs won’t stay in wall receptacle outlets
If the plugs won’t stay in wall receptacle outlets it isn’t a particularly dangerous sign; however, it means the contacts inside the outlets are worn-out and need replacing. Whilst you’re not at risk of an electrical fire breaking out, the inconsistent current running to your digital and electrical appliances could damage them.
If you have plans to have solar panels installed on the roof of your home – installing solar panels on Perth properties is an excellent way to reduce domestic energy expenditure and you can even sell your Renewable Energy Certificates for a profit – you might like to have the electrician take a look at your current electrical wiring system and give their informed opinion.
Their informed opinion could help to identify problems you might have overlooked, plus they’ll need to carry out an assessment prior to installing solar panels on the roof of your home anyway, which is an excellent way to gain independence from rapidly rising energy prices and keep your hard-earned money in your pocket.