Home Rewiring For Greater Lynchburg
As our homes are being loaded up with more high-tech appliances and products that draw more electrical current, aging circuits and wiring can quickly become overloaded. Here are a few of the reasons you may want to consider rewiring your home.
Your home is more than 40 years old.
Over time, a home’s wiring can wear out. You may notice common warning signs such as flickering lights or switches and outlets that don’t always work or are warm to the touch. You may also experience frequently tripping circuit breakers. If you experience any of these symptoms, have Hickey Plumbing, Air & Electrical inspect your electrical system to ensure that it is operating safely.
You’re adding a new addition and need to bring your home wiring up to code.
When planning for a new addition or major remodeling project, you’ll need to get a building permit from the city or county. In order to pass the required inspection, the home’s electrical system may need to be upgraded to meet the latest electrical code.
The home has ungrounded two-prong outlets.
It’s not uncommon for homes in the Lynchburg area to still have 2-prong outlets. Because they do not meet code requirements and they do represent a safety hazard, they should be replaced with three-prong grounded outlets. In addition, certain outlets that are located in bathrooms, kitchens and outdoors are required to have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles to prevent accidental electrocution should an electrical appliance plugged in to the outlet come in contact with water.
The home has older knob and tube wiring.
Homes built around 1910 and earlier often used a type of wiring called knob and tube. Because it represents a fire hazard and is not up to the task of powering today’s homes, it should be replaced with new wiring.
The home has a Federal Pacific Electrical Panel or Zinsco Electrical Panel (also known as Zinsco Sylvania).
Certain electrical panels in older homes were equipped with circuits that were defective and would fail to trip in the event of an electrical fault, often leading to a fire. Hickey Plumbing, Air & Electrical can inspect your electrical panel to ensure it’s not one of the recalled units.
The home has aluminum wiring.
If your home was built in the 1960s or 1970s, it may have aluminum wiring. This type of wiring is considered less safe because of its tendency to generate more heat than copper wiring, which could present a fire hazard. Aluminum wiring should be replaced with modern electrical wiring.
Why Choose Hickey Plumbing, Air & Electrical For Your Home Rewiring Project?
From electrical panel upgrades to new outlet installation, our licensed electricians are the Greater Lynchburg area’s home rewiring specialists. Depending on the age and condition of the home’s electrical system, rewiring can be sometimes be performed room-by-room, rather than as a full rewire.
You can trust Hickey Plumbing, Air & Electrical to provide expert service from start to finish. Call today to schedule an in-home assessment of your wiring.