Homes that are more than 30 years old are not equipped for modern electrical demands. It may be time to consider updating your electrical system or to have it inspected for safety. Point Loma Electric specializes in upgrading the electrical systems of older homes. If your breakers trip when you plug in too many appliances it may be time to consider an electrical service upgrade. If you have space in your breaker box, we may be able to add additional circuits to your existing service. However, if you are already utilizing all the available power in your home, it may be time to consider an electrical service upgrade. Most homes have only 100 amps of available power. Space heaters, blow dryers, microwaves, plasma TVs and computers were most likely not available when your home was built. These days most modern homes require a minimum of 200 amps of electrical service in order to support today’s appliances.
In order to protect your wires from overheating and starting a fire, circuit breakers are designed to trip and cut off the power to everything on that circuit. This is a good thing. When circuit breakers get old and worn out, they may not trip when there’s too much power being drawn on a single circuit. If you are living in an older home and your lights are not going out when multiple appliances are plugged in, it’s time for an Electrical Safety Inspection. If too much electricity is flowing through your house wires and your breakers are not tripping you may have a dangerous fire hazard on your hands. More fires are started from faulty or overloaded wiring than any other cause. We are Electrical Safety Experts and can let you know if the the wiring in your home is safe and to code or is dangerous and in need of repair.
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Is your home in need of an electrical wiring upgrade? If your San Diego home’s electrical system is made up of knob and tube or aluminum wiring, the you should investigate electrical upgrading or rewiring services. We are frequently called by customers requesting a house rewire.
The good news is that rewiring your whole house is not always needed. There are many other ways to upgrade your homes electrical system to meet your families electrical needs and keep your home and family safe.
When installed correctly knob and tube wiring was, in some ways, superior to current wiring practices. Unfortunately, this system is rarely intact after 80 or so years of use. Things that happen after the original installation can cause major problems. These electrical wiring systems lack a ground conductor and switches were often placed on a neutral wiring, turning off the circuit but not the current. This can cause a lot of problems for your home, often resulting in costly damages and repairs.
Aside from obvious safety and efficiency issues, there seems to be a growing concern about this old wiring from the homeowners insurance companies. Many will not write a policy if there is more than a certain percentage of knob and tube wiring still in use and several will not offer coverage unless it is all replaced.
If you own an older home it may be time to upgrade electrical wiring in your home. Contact Point Loma Electric for quality San Diego electrical wiring services. Our electricians are experts when it comes to upgrading electrical wiring. Since we specialize in working in older homes, we know how to rewire your home with minimal holes or damage to your home. Our specialty is fishing wires behind walls with minimal damage and disruption. We make the smallest holes possible and only when necessary and will never cut your wall open. We even do our own patching. You can rest assured that your home will be in good hands with us! Call today to request electrical wiring and rewiring service for your home.