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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Signs That It's Time For An Electrical Upgrade In Your Home

One of the last things you may want to think about is the operation of your home's electrical components. Having a faulty or outdated electrical system can be dangerous. Minor issues can quickly lead to large-scale catastrophes, including a fire. Contacting an experienced, licensed electrician like one from Attaboy Electric Service LLC or electrical contractor can help troubleshoot and resolve issues before they become a problem. Here are some signs that you may need to consider an electrical upgrade for your home.

Your Home Is 25 Years Or Older

If your home was built over 25 years ago, it is definitely time to call an electrical contractor to come out and service your home. Because of the age of your home, it is more prone to wiring issues than a newer home. Some of the upgrades that a contractor will likely recommend are:

  • Indoor breaker panel upgrade
  • Wall tear down
  • Running new electrical wiring throughout the home
  • Replacing and connecting new switches
  • Installing new outlets and fixtures
  • Outside box upgrade and new 200 amp service

Not every home needs a complete upgrade; many homes only require a new box installed outside and a new breaker panel inside to properly upgrade to electrical code.

You've Experienced Minor Electrical Issues

If you have experienced some electrical problems in the past year such as frequent power outages, brownouts or flickering of lights, have an electrician check it out. A complete electrical service will determine if you are running the right amount of amps through the lines of your home. If the power is too much, it can cause a surge—this leads to tripping breakers on a frequent basis.

If You Are Planning An Upcoming  Remodel

If you are planning on adding new appliances to your home, you definitely want to make sure your home's electrical system can support that type of power. A new washer and dryer may be more economical and eco-friendly, but they also may need their own separate electrical outlets. Having an electrician wire new outlets specifically for your new appliances will help them run efficiently and more effectively.

You're Adding A Pool Or Hot Tub

Even if your contractor will be handling most of the outdoor wiring for your new hot tub or swimming pool, your entire electrical system should be serviced. Pool and hot tub pumps can draw a lot of electricity, even when they are not in use. Making sure that your home's electrical system can support the extra power is essential to not experiencing any surprises when your electric bill arrives.

Making sure that you have the right upgrades and all of your home's electrical components are wired properly will help the electricity flow properly and reduce the risk of fire and malfunction.