Many older homes are not electrically prepared for running many of today's modern appliances or electronics. If you live in a older house, you may have noticed how breakers throw when you plug in an electrical tool or electronic device like a radio or game console. If your home has the same electrical system it had when it was built, learning more about upgrading it is extremely important.
Your Older Home Needs A 100AMP Electrical Service
In today's modern home, just running a couple of computers in addition to televisions, washers and lighting can overload older electrical systems. An overload on an older electrical system creates a serious fire risk. If you have to unplug one appliance to run another, you need to have an electrician inspect your electrical system. Most older homes were not wired to handle too many appliances, so upgrading to 100 amps is recommended. If your home was built before the 1900s, you definitely need to have the wiring inspected. If an electrician finds old knob-and-tube wiring, you home is in need of an electrical upgrade. As times passes, old knob-and-tube wiring wears out and it poses a great risk of fire. For this reason, knob-and-tube wiring was replaced with more modern methods.
Replacing Fuse Boxes With Modern Breakers
Older fuse boxes worked great when the wiring was not overloaded with many appliances of today's modern world. If your home's electrical system still has a fuse box at its heart, replacing it with a modern style breaker box is a good idea for preventing it becoming a fire hazard. Many older homes still operate electrically from fuse boxes that are dangerous and becoming outdated, so making sure your home is not in that group is a good idea. Also, if your home's breaker box is over thirty years old, having it inspected by a professional is vital to your safety. Breakers are not designed to last forever, so making sure your breakers are in working condition is best.
GFCI Outlets And Your Electrical Upgrade
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a fancy name for an electrical outlet designed with safety in mind. A GFCI is an outlet with a reset and test button on its face, both usually tested when you have your home inspected by an electrician. The way this type of outlet helps to protect you is through its constant monitoring of wiring when something is plugged into it. For example, if you plugged in a curling iron and it had a wiring issue that could cause you to be electrocuted, the GFCI outlet would automatically shut power off to it. Any time you plug an appliance or other type of electrical device into a GFCI and it shuts off, taking a close look at the appliance that caused it to shut off is a good idea.
Your older home more than likely has a great deal of charm because its age, but making sure it is safe to live in starts with you have the electrical system inspected and upgraded. For more information, contact O Toole Electrical Services Inc or a similar company.