Your home’s electrical system powers your appliances, whether small or major, and consumer electronics. A system consisting of various components, beginning with your electrical service connection and meter, is controlled and maintained by your local utility company. Inside your home, the electrical panel houses several circuit breakers and bus bars along with the main breaker. The latter, should it be blown or turned off, disconnects the power to your entire home.
More importantly, mainly in terms of safety and reliability, is your residential electrical wiring.
Since knob and tube wires, which were used from the 1800s to the 1930s, wiring has been installed in homes to distribute power from the source to light switches and outlets. They promote convenience, allowing you to plug in an electronic, then touch a remote button to watch your favorite movie or sitcom. There are times, like renovating an older home, when you should contact a licensed electrician.
Older homes, of which the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) estimates one-third of all residences in the United States are at least 50 years old, may have systems that do not meet local or national building codes. An electrician can identify older components and safety issues and make recommendations for improving the wiring of your home. Another reason to consider contacting an electrician to assess your residential electrical wiring is if you’re adding new appliances.
Warning Signs of Faulty Residential Electrical Wiring
If you notice any of the following, you should contact an experienced, licensed electrician to assess your wiring condition and make necessary repairs.
- Burning smell
- Buzzing noises
- Outdated wiring
- Flickering lights
- Hot outlets or light switches
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers
- Visible sparks when plugging devices into outlets
- There is not an inadequate number of outlets in your home
- No GFCI outlets in moist environments such as the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room
Always Trust an Experienced and Licensed Electrician
A&H Electric Co. is a certified and licensed electrician specializing in commercial and residential electrical wiring installation, service, and repair. Our company services the Conroe, Houston, and The Woodlands area during regular business hours and, because emergencies happen, offer 24-hour repair. We invite you to contact us at (936) 756-0442 to schedule electrical service or repair.
Our electrical contractors possess the equipment and expertise necessary to service all your electricity needs, including installing new residential electrical wiring, whether you’re constructing a new house or renovating an existing property. In addition to providing superior quality workmanship, we are committed to standing behind all completed projects with a full one-year warranty.
“8 Signs You May Have a Problem with Your Electrical Wiring.” UL.
“Understanding Your Home Electrical System.” Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).