Signs That Suggest Your Electrical House Wiring Needs A Change

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Signs That Suggest Your Electrical House Wiring Needs A Change Photo by Ashish  Poly

Aging is an inevitable process, that every element existing on this planet goes through. Like every living being has a limited life-span, so do our homes and the electrical essentials that we use within them. They get damaged due to a variety of natural factors, such as condensation, climate changes and excessive usage. Inspection of these factors are essential to maintain safety and security of our life and property. A majority of people live in their ancestral houses or homes, that were built more than four decades ago. The health of the house wiring can be determined by a few tell-tale signs. All we have to do is sense the differences, and repair or replace the damaged electrical units immediately. 

Circuit breakers and fuses play the most important role when it comes to preventing electrical accidents. They trip when the circuit is exposed to more electricity than it can handle. While fuses and circuit breakers perform the same task, the fuse requires a replacement whenever it is blown out, whereas the breakers can be used multiple times. If the fuse or the breaker blows out even when the number of amps passing through the circuit is low, then the electrical cables that connect to the circuit have multiple issues.

Flickering lights is another sign that suggests overloading of the circuits. When heavy appliances are used, especially the ones that use motors, they pull an excessive amount of electricity for their operation. This causes lights to flicker, as the amount of electricity transmitted to power the lights gets reduced. Though this is common and using quality wires can avoid such fluctuations, regular occurrence signifies faulty wiring and malfunctioning of circuit breakers. Often, outlets and switches appear discolored or emit a buzzing sound. Though they may perform pretty well, they bear a potential risk of starting a fire. In such cases, the wires and electrical cables should be immediately removed, as the connection is either loose or could be damaged.

A burning smell and shocks are also signs of electrical malfunctioning. Even though repairing of the electrical essentials should be done only by professionals, a safe inspection could be performed by anyone who possesses some sound knowledge on electrical safety. All you need is a quality outlet tester, which is easily available in electrical shops for a reasonable price. However, avoid coming in direct contact with the wires/ cables, and ensure that you wear rubber gloves while inspecting. Self-inspection will only provide temporary relief. So, seek the assistance of an electrical expert to protect your homes against all kinds of electrical house wiring issues.


Ashish Poly has immense knowledge on electrical house wiring solutions. He generates awareness by writing articles on safety in electrical and wiring work.

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