Think back to when you moved into your home.  What demands did you place on your electrical system?  Chances are, even if you moved into your home 10 years ago, your wiring might be outdated.  If your home is 30 years old or older, the odds are even greater.  Here are a few ways for you to tell if your house needs to be updated.

It Looks Bad
Sometimes you can tell your wiring is bad just by looking at it.  You may have old two wire non- grounding receptacle outlets.  Plugs may fit loosely into the receptacles or even fall out of the receptacles. You may see cracks or discoloration on the faces of the receptacles. Then there are the  flickering lights, nuisance circuit tripping because of more electrical device demands, and so on.  Old wiring does deteriorate over time and overloading can lead to blown fuses and even fires.

Wire Leading into Your Electric Panel
Homes built in the late 1970’s had aluminum wiring leading to the electric panel. Back then the demand on the wires was less. As we have increased demand on our systems, these conductors have begun to break down. Does your home have this type of wiring? What is the condition of the wire feeding the heart of your electrical system? A quick inspection by a trained electrician may save you some unexpected problems.

Not Enough Outlets
Outlet cube taps, extension cords or “as seen on TV” plug adapters can serve a useful purpose, but not to extremes.  If you do not have enough outlets in your room to provide power for all the appliances, lights, electronics, etc., you risk blown circuit breakers or worse.  Add some new outlets. You should have outlets every six to eight feet.

Blown Fuses and Power Outages
If you are experiencing frequent blown fuses or circuit breakers, or have periodic power outages, those are other signs that your house is inadequately wired.  Most houses that are 40 years old or older were not designed to handle the demands for electricity we have today.  Back then…no computers, no hair driers, not big screen TVs and lavish entertainment systems, no microwaves, etc.