If you have outdated wiring, circuit breakers, or electrical panels in your home, it can affect overall function, safety, and value. The truth is, outdated appliances can pose a serious risk, too, especially if they are combined with other, older electrical infrastructure. In many cases, simple electric pairs may not be enough – it may be necessary to replace the problem appliances.
Electrical issues are some of the most common and frequent causes of house fires today. Appliances like your toaster, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator all draw a lot of power. If these appliances are outdated, they can affect your home in several ways. Some of the most common signs you are dealing with outdated appliances and that they are having a negative effect on your home are listed here:
If a refrigerator isn’t cooling properly, it will cause your food inside to spoil. Also, the unit will continue working harder, trying to get the temperature right. This is going to increase your home’s energy consumption and increase utility costs.
The AC Unit
When your AC is outdated, it will not be able to cool your home sufficiently. Also, dirty filters can affect overall indoor air quality and if too much moisture is present, it can cause mold and other water damage.
Washing Machine and/or Dryer
If there is a leak, it can cause serious water damage. Too much lint an affect the quality of your clothing, cause damage to the machine, or even result in a fire.
The Stove or Oven
If your oven or stove isn’t working properly, your cooking may be affected. Also, a bad appliance may trigger a gas odor or other hazards, such as explosions and fires.
The food not being heated properly is a possibility, and burning parts and wired may lead to sparks, bad smells, and more.
General Indications Your Home’s Electrical System is Outdated
In addition to specific appliances having issues, there are some general signs your home’s electrical system is outdated, as well:
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers
- Dimming lights
- Electrical sounds/noise
- Damaged wiring
If you have not had your electrical system updated recently, the circuit breakers may not even trip. If there is a loose connection, it may mean there is an overload that will continue to go on unchecked until much more serious damage occurs.
Besides the possibility of a fire, this may also lead to electrocution and shock. Ground fault circuit interrupters and updated breakers can help to keep you protected. If your home has a circuit breaker that is between 25 and 40 years old, the best thing you can do is to have it replaced. However, if you have older appliances that consume more power, they need to be maintained and inspected regularly to figure out when small repairs or modern replacements are necessary.
Your old and outdated appliances will be even more dangerous if power strips and extension cords are being used. By adding outlets and installing newer appliances, you can make your home safer and eliminate the issues mentioned above.
Click here to contact Fusion Electric for help with updating your electrical system today.