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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Electric System?


Whether you're plugging in a phone charger or flipping on a light switch, it's easy to forget what's going on behind the walls. Yet, a home's electrical panel is a complex system that is running constantly, and that means it will eventually need to be replaced. While well-maintained panels can last 25 to 40 years, it's important to recognize the signs that your electric system is ready for an upgrade.

Tripping Circuit Breakers

It's not uncommon to overload a circuit every now and then, and it's an easy fix to simply switch it back on. However, if a minimal amount of cords are plugged in and the breaker constantly trips, your circuit may no longer be strong enough to handle the electrical load. To find out if this is the case, contact a qualified electrician to assess your breaker and make recommendations from there.

Dimming Lights

Have you ever noticed that when you turn on the coffee maker or begin vacuuming that lights begin to flicker? Although it may seem like a minor occurrence, dimming lights could be a sign of a bigger issue. While resetting the circuit breaker may solve the issue temporarily, small surges are often a result of faulty wiring. Over time, this can cause wires to become frayed, corroded or damaged - all of which can become fire hazards.

Changing Electricity Needs

Sometimes the evolving needs of your electrical appliances can prompt a rewiring. For example, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time at home than ever before. Many families are setting up home offices, adding rooms or entertainment areas to their homes, or installing new appliances. These types of changes may necessitate expanding the capacity of a home's electrical system to prevent any future problems.

To learn more about your home's electrical panel and when you should seek rewiring, or if you need repairs, call the David Gray Electrical team at (904) 605-8190.