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4 Signs Your Home is Electrically Outdated

old electrical unit

With most of your home’s electrical wiring hidden behind walls and ceilings, it’s hard to tell when it is outdated. Home electrical maintenance is important when it comes to ensuring the safety of you and your family. We will be discussing four ways in which you can tell that your home has an outdated electrical system.

Dimming or flickering lights

One of the most common signs that you might need electrical repair in your home is dimming lights. This usually occurs when other appliances are being used at the same time as the lights.

Circuit breaker trips

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when your system is overloaded and switch back to normal afterward. However, if they are tripping multiple times a month, that’s a sign there could be a more serious problem.

Outlet discoloration or warmth

If you see distinct discoloration on one or more of your outlets, you can be certain that you will need electrical repairs. The same goes for warmth coming from your outlets, as they should not be warm to the touch.

Smoky or burning smells

Smelling something like smoke or burning without knowing the source could in fact be your home’s electrical. The smell could be coming from inside the walls, related to your electrical system.

In the event that any of these signs occur in your home, it is very important that you get a home electrical inspection immediately. Meantime, follow these tips:

  • Be careful when using outlets in your home
  • Avoid extension cords
  • Don’t overload your outlets
  • Make sure your children stay clear of outlets. 

When it comes to your home’s electrical system, 30 years is the industry standard for the life expectancy of that system. If yours is older than that, you’ll want to exercise caution. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your electrical system, keep costs down, protect expensive equipment and ensure the safety of your home and family.

If your home is in need of electrical repairs, be sure to contact Benchmark Electrical Services.