If you're worried about the state of the electrical installation in your older home, you first need to look at the state of your meter box. This is where the mains power arrives on your property and is distributed to the various circuits and also where you will find fuses or breakers. Why should you take a closer look here, and what should you do if it's time for an upgrade?
As time goes by, electricians will use upgraded materials and more modern approaches as they conduct any type of electrical work in the home. Therefore, if it's been a while since your meter box was touched, it will likely be out of date and need renovation. Unfortunately, certain components begin to degrade as time goes by, and this may also apply to the wiring hidden within the walls throughout your home. Your best advice is to consider an upgrade even if everything seems to be outwardly okay. At the very least, consider this work an investment in the value of your home.
Upgrading Your Installation
When you upgrade your meter box and electrical panel, your home will be able to cope with more power, and your circuit breakers may not be as likely to trip for no reason. You will have a much more effective base from which to rewire your home and, potentially, add new circuits.
Expanding Your Circuits
Your home will have a limited number of circuits depending on how it was originally designed. However, a modern family will use far more electrical devices in the kitchen, utility room and living area, and the original circuit system could be overstretched. Therefore, once you have upgraded the main panel, your electrician can then design a new circuit layout, adding capacity. They may suggest extra sockets in those key rooms, so you can plug your appliances and devices directly into a receptacle rather than relying on extension cords.
Understanding the Risks
Don't underestimate the risks associated with an out-of-date and overworked electrical system. It's certainly a potential fire hazard and an increased electrocution risk. Some of your appliances may short-circuit, and your energy efficiency will undoubtedly be compromised. You may be paying more for your electricity than you need to, which is another reason to consider a system upgrade.
Your Next Step
Bring in an electrician as soon as possible. They'll take a look at what you have and advise a course of action.
For more information, contact a local electrician.