If your home is calling for more power than the system can safely provide (due to the installation of new appliances etc) you’re likely to experience voltage drop offs that damage your most sensitive electronic devices and cause flickering or dimming lights. And that’s just for starters. You’ll also be tripping circuit breakers left and right and subjecting your home and everyone in it to the risk of shocks and fire. Electrical service upgrades then are not a luxury, they’re a necessity if your Scarborough home is to remain a safe, technologically up to date oasis for the people who live there.
Why You Should Have an Electrician Upgrade Your Electrical Service
The primary reason for upgrading your electrical service is safety. Older homes, custom home wiring were typically built (or retrofit in the case of homes more than 80 or so years old) with electrical systems that delivered 30 to 60 amps for the entire house. Today however, most new homes are built with 100 or even 200 amp systems to accommodate the explosion of electronic devices that make up the modern world. Trying to run a contemporary home with an obsolete electrical system is asking for trouble.
The Dangers of Old Wiring
If your home was built 50 or more years ago chances are the wiring coursing through the walls is in dire need of replacement. If it isn’t replaced and more and more power hungry devices are added to the system you’re likely to pick up on a burning smell at various points in the house as the overloaded wires begin to fry their casings. Fire typically isn’t far behind.
Always be Sure to Use a Reliable Electrical Contractor
While some DIYers might be tempted to take on an electrical service upgrade themselves experience shows this is rarely a good idea. Even a licensed electrician needs extensive training and years of practical experience before they can be completely confident in their ability to handle such a project on their own. Doing it yourself is likely to create a situation where the new wiring is rejected by the building inspector and you’ll be back to square one.
Don’t gamble with the safety of your loved ones or the well-being of your home. Make sure you enlist the services of a qualified electrical contractor to handle your electrical service upgrade. In Scarborough that’s At Home Electric. Give us a call today for any and all of your electrical needs.