At Fusion Electric we often get asked why a homeowner would need an electrical inspection. While there are dozens of reasons for residential electrical inspections, we put together our electricians’ top three. From outdated electrical systems to poor wiring, your home may be at risk. Read carefully to see if any of these problems may exist in your home.
Update Residential Electrical Systems
When homeowners begin to experience electrical issues, one of the first questions that needs to be answered is how old is your home. If it was built prior to 1980, the chances of your electrical system being out of date are high. Older fuse boxes are not designed to handle the amounts of electricity that today’s modern appliances and electronics demand. Fuses prevent circuit overload which can lead to fire. Updating your fuse box will make your home safer.
Ensure Electrical Safety Updates Have Been Made to your Home
Over the years, the National Electric Code (NEC) is updated and with that your home should be updated too. Outlets in kitchens and bathrooms should have a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) switch to prevent shocks. These devices immediately cut the electric current if any water is introduced to the system. It’s an easy fix that brings your home up to code. When Fusion’s electricians come and inspect your home we check to see that it is up to date and meeting the requirements of the NEC. These NEC requirements can help keep you, your family, and your home safe by preventing electrical dangers such as burns, shocks, and, in extreme cases, death.
Replace Old Wiring in Your Home
Another electrical area that homeowners, especially those of older homes, need to have checked by an electrician is the wiring. Just as the electrical system in many homes is out of date, so too is the wiring. Out of date wiring, such as aluminum wiring, poses a fire hazard. Over time, the insulation that protects aluminum wiring has a tendency to get brittle. The hot electric current that travels through the wires erodes the insulation. If two wires touch because the insulation is gone, there is a serious danger of fire. With an electrical inspection, Fusion’s professional technicians can determine if your home’s wiring is in need of an update in order to help keep you safe.
If you have an older home, don’t assume everything is fine. Call Fusion Electric at (913) 563-7975 and set up a service appointment for your electrical inspection!