Just like anything else, electrical components wear down over time and will eventually need to be replaced. In addition, as technology continues to develop, there will come a point where your existing system becomes outdated, meaning that you are losing out when it comes to both energy efficiency and safety. We at Buckingham Electric Inc. want to help you keep your home or business in the best possible condition, which sometimes calls for making electrical upgrades. In this article, we’ll discuss how to decide when it’s time to make these upgrades.
- Your Wiring is Old- As mentioned above, sometimes the wiring in older properties is considered unsafe by today’s standards, even if it seems to be working properly. If you don’t know how old your wiring is, we recommend that you have it inspected, especially if you are experiencing warning signs such as flickering lights, repeated blown fuses, sparking outlets, or more. Any of these issues indicate that electrical upgrades would be a wise choice.
- You Wires are Aluminum- Another big reason to spring for electrical upgrades is if your wiring is made of aluminum instead of copper. During the 1960s and 70s, aluminum wiring became a popular alternative to standard copper despite its safety risks, which include loose connections, overheating, and fire. If the wiring on your property is aluminum, we at Buckingham Electric Inc., recommend upgrading it as soon as possible.
- You Need More Power- In addition to potential safety issues, another drawback of old wiring is that it can’t always deliver the power you need. In the past, the standard for household power was just 60 amps, but today’s appliances like flatscreen TVs, computers, etc., often use 200 amps or more. We want you to be able to enjoy these modern comforts, so if you think it might be time for electrical upgrades, just call our team to get started.