Why You Should Have Your Home Electrical System Checked in the New Year

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Kowall Electric recommends you check your home electrical system at the beginning of the new year. This is a good practice for several reasons:

  • Safety: Regular electrical inspections help identify potential safety hazards, such as faulty wiring, overloaded circuits, or outdated electrical panels. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent electrical fires and other safety risks.
  • Compliance: Electrical codes and standards may be updated, and your home’s electrical system should comply with the latest regulations. Regular checks ensure that your electrical system meets current safety standards and legal requirements.
  • Preventive Maintenance: Identifying and addressing minor issues early can prevent them from developing into major problems. Routine checks allow you to catch and fix issues before they lead to costly repairs or disruptions.
  • Energy Efficiency: An efficient electrical system can contribute to energy savings. Inspecting and maintaining your electrical components, such as outlets, switches, and lighting, can help ensure they are functioning optimally, reducing energy waste.
  • Appliance Safety: Over time, appliances and electronic devices may contribute to wear and tear on your electrical system. Checking the condition of cords, plugs, and outlets can help prevent electrical shocks and extend the lifespan of your appliances.
  • Peace of Mind: Regular inspections provide peace of mind, knowing that your home’s electrical system is in good condition. This is particularly important if you have an older home or if you’ve experienced electrical issues in the past.

Here are some specific things you might want to check or consider during your home electrical inspection:

  • Circuit Breakers: Ensure that circuit breakers are properly labeled and are not tripping frequently.
  • Outlets and Switches: Check for loose or damaged outlets and switches. Replace any that show signs of wear.
  • Wiring: Look for any exposed wiring, frayed cords, or damaged insulation. Address any issues promptly.
  • Lighting: Check that all light fixtures are working properly, and replace any burnt-out bulbs.
  • Electrical Panels: Ensure that your electrical panel is in good condition and that there are no signs of overheating or corrosion.
  • GFCI Outlets: Test ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas to ensure they are working correctly.

If you are not comfortable or familiar with electrical systems, it’s advisable to hire a qualified electrician to conduct a thorough inspection. Regular electrical maintenance is an important aspect of home ownership, and addressing issues proactively can contribute to the overall safety and efficiency of your home.

Contact Kowall Electric today. We would love to help with all of your electrical needs.