Just like anything else in your home, your electrical wiring will need maintenance at some point, as the wires will experience general wear and tear just like any other appliance or system in your home. How do you know if it’s time to rewire your home? If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to think about rewiring:
- Probably one of the clearest signs of faulty wiring is that of flickering lights. While occasional flickering is normal (many appliances that use a lot of power cause a quick flicker when they first turn on), frequent flickering could mean that your wiring is worn-out, damaged, or even outdated.
Frequently Tripped Breakers or Blown Fuses
- Either of these is indicative of electrical usage being greater than what the breaker is capable of handling. It may mean that your outlets aren’t getting enough electrical current, but it could also mean that something is off in your home’s wiring. Either way, it’s best to check it out.
Smell of Something Burning
- Burning smells coming from outlets or appliances is a clear indication of something seriously wrong with your wiring. It’s usually a sign of an overloaded circuit breaker but could also be a worn-out outlet. It’s a red flag and ought to be addressed immediately. Turn off the power and contact an electrician. Don’t use the appliance or outlet until a professional has given you the diagnosis.
- Buzzing sounds are a sign of emergency in the electrical world. It could mean that an electrical fire isn’t far away. This is often a sign of wrong connections, or worn out, damaged wires. If you hear buzzing from any electrical outlet, your best course of action is to turn off the power supply and immediately call an electrician.
- Many older homes built between 1965 and 1973 often used aluminum wiring. Unfortunately, this type of wiring was found to be a major safety hazard. In fact, aluminum wiring in the homes caused many electrical fires during this period. Copper is the accepted and much safer standard now, and if your home has aluminum wiring, the entire home will need rewiring at some point.
House is Over 30 Years Old
- Like the previous sign of necessary rewiring, a home older than 30 years in which the wiring hasn’t been updated since being built, the best and only option is to rewire the entire – yes, the entire – house. This is because homes this old were not built with the electrical capacity to handle all of today’s modern electronics and appliances. Today’s technology needs more power to properly function than technology from three or more decades ago. If you’re not sure about your vintage home’s wiring system, hire an electrician to do an inspection.