Hidden away within your home’s walls, it’s difficult to know what the condition of your home’s electrical wiring is. But just because electrical wiring is out of sight, it shouldn’t be out of mind.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, electrical problems are the cause of more than 50,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 500 deaths and 1,500 injuries. Old, frayed, and damaged electrical wiring is the cause of many of these fires.

In our most recent blog, the licensed electricians at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric discuss some common signs to replace your old electrical wiring.

Signs Your Electrical Wiring May Need to Be Replaced

It may be time to upgrade your home’s electrical wiring if you notice any of the following:

Your Home Is More Than 30 Years Old

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have a licensed electrician inspect your home’s wiring if it’s more than 30 years old, as it could be old and outdated. Many homes built between 1965 and 1973 used aluminum electrical wiring because it was cheaper. However, copper electrical wiring remains the gold standard because it’s malleable and non-corrosive. It’s a smart idea to replace old electrical wiring to prevent electrical fires. 

Your Circuit Breaker Trips Frequently

Are you frequently resetting your circuit breaker? If so, this means there’s too much demand being placed on your electrical system. A qualified electrician can inspect the system and make any recommendations, which may include replacing the old electrical wires.

Flickering or Dimming Lights

If your lights flicker or dim when you turn on an appliance such as the vacuum cleaner or air conditioning system, it could be a sign that the electrical wiring is struggling to power the appliances in your home.

Stained or Charred Electrical Outlets

Stained electrical outlets are a serious issue, and you should contact an electrician right away if you notice this. It could signal that your home’s electrical system is experiencing uncontrolled electrical surges, which can lead to a dangerous electrical fire.

Frayed Wires

If any of your home’s electrical wiring is frayed, you should have this electrical wiring replaced immediately. Wires can become frayed over time due to age, corrosion or heat. Replace electrical wiring that is frayed or faulty to remove this potential fire hazard from your home and gain your peace of mind. 

You Use Extension Cords

If you’re using extension cords to power appliances, you don’t have enough electrical outlets in your home. Consider contacting an electrician to replace the wiring so new outlets can be installed.

Your Hear Noises Coming from Your Electrical System

Any type of noises such as buzzing, crackling or popping coming from your switches or electrical outlets are signs for concern and should be inspected.

Loose Connections

If there are loose connections between your electrical wiring and the electrical outlets or switches, contact an electrician.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Electrical Services

If you notice any of the signs we mentioned in this article with your electrical system, consider contacting the licensed electricians at Ravinia Plumbing to inspect your electrical wiring system and make any necessary recommendations. For all of your electrical needs, contact Ravinia Plumbing.