Signs Your Electrical Wiring is Outdated

Do you know how old the electrical wiring is in your house? Aren’t sure if your electrical wiring is safe or needs to be replaced?

Is Your Wiring Outdated?

Continue reading to learn how to recognize the signs your residential electrical wiring is outdated. Our residential electricians can start rewiring a house room by room so it’s safe and code-compliant. Call our local electricians today to request your estimate for a home rewire.

House is Over 40 Years Old

You may need a home rewire if your house was built over 40 years ago. Today’s homeowners demand much more electricity than previous generations for microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, dryers, hot water heaters, smartphones, TVs, and other technology. Fortunately, we can help update your electrical system so it can handle your energy needs.

Depending on your home’s electrical wiring, we may recommend a complete home rewire or just an update to your electrical panel. For example, you may just need another circuit and respective circuit breaker to handle the increased need for energy. In general, we recommend updating your house wiring if your home was built over 40 years ago.

Burning Smell from Wall Outlets

Never ignore a burning smell from your outlets as this can be a precursor to an electrical fire. Call one of our emergency electricians as soon as possible if you smell something burning from your wall outlets. Once you find the source of the smell, you’ll want to unplug anything in that outlet before turning off the electrical supply to that room or area. Each switch in the electrical panel should have a sticker next to it that clearly states which circuit it belongs to.

A burning smell can be caused by an overloaded circuit, old damaged electrical wiring, or an exposed wire. Any of these electrical problems warrant a call to one of our residential electricians. You should also call one of our local electricians if the outlet cover is stained, hot to touch, popping, or sizzling.

Dim or Flickering Lights

You may need our help with rewiring an old house if you have dim or flickering lights. Fortunately, our local electricians have plenty of experience with house wiring. If the lights flicker when you plug in an appliance, this is a sign that the old electrical wiring in your home isn’t able to run enough electricity to appliances. Damaged or frayed electrical wiring can also cause lights to dim and increase the risk of an electrical fire.

Circuit Breaker Trips Often

A circuit breaker will trip if the demand for electricity exceeds what’s considered safe for your home’s electrical system. To stop electricity from reaching dangerous levels and even starting a fire, the circuit breaker will trip and shut off the power. If your circuit breaker trips frequently this could be a sign that you need to update or replace your home’s electrical wiring.

Our residential electricians in Lowell MI can help you with rewiring a house so it’s safe and code-compliant. To request your estimate for residential electrical wiring, call Flat River Electric at (616) 987-0596.

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Philip Gerhardt
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I had a car charger installed by Mike from Flat River Electric. Mike and Heather both worked to accommodate my schedule, from doing a walk through after business hours to an early project start time to minimize time off of work.

Mike was extremely friendly and professional during the process, and even remembered my home from a project he had done four years earlier. To install the new breaker and run the line, Mike went out of his way to avoid cutting into my ceiling. As a result, the room with the breaker panel looks exactly the same as it did before, and the project was finished under the quoted price.

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Scott Young

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

They did a great job, and cleaned up afterward. Thanks for coming out to fix my problem

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5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Mike and his apprentice promptly took care of my electrical issue. They were professional and polite. Although they were very busy with more lucrative projects, they made time to fix my issue.They did not make me wait days although they could have. I will call them again if needed.