Seven Signs Your Electrical System Needs To Be Replaced

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Your La Vernia, TX, home’s electrical system is critical to your comfort and safety. After a few decades, certain parts of an electrical system can wear out, degrade or fail. A malfunctioning electrical system puts your safety at risk. Pay attention to these seven signs that it’s time to replace your electrical system.

1. Low Capacity

If your electric panel was installed more than 25 years ago, it might not have enough capacity for today’s lifestyle. Most households include one or more large TVs, a router, a large refrigerator, computers, and smartphones that need charging or more power than older, smaller units from years ago.

2. Burning Smell

A burning smell from a fixture or outlet is a warning sign. Your home’s wiring may be decaying and in need of replacement.

3. Tripped Breakers

Breakers should only trip on a rare occasion. If you find yourself resetting a breaker every couple of days, your electrical system may need to be replaced.

4. Insufficient Outlets

If your home doesn’t have enough outlets, you might rely on strips or extension cords. These devices could overload your home’s wiring. They’re also a tripping and fire hazard.

5. Hot Outlet or Panel

Touch an outlet cover while it’s in use. If it’s hot, your home may have an electrical issue. An electrical panel that’s hot to the touch needs to be replaced.

6. Humming or Buzzing

Your electric panel should be quiet. If you hear buzzing or humming, this is a warning sign that it needs replacement.

7. Flickering Lights

If your lights randomly flicker, your home’s wiring may be damaged. If they flicker when you plug something in, your panel may need to be replaced.

At GVEC, we’re the trusted installation team for new electrical systems in La Vernia and surrounding areas in South Central Texas. We’re also available for electrical system repair and maintenance. Our solar powerpanel and battery storage systems, and AC/heating services keep your home energy efficient and comfortable all year long. To find out more about when it’s time to replace your home’s electrical system, get in touch with us today at 866.684.2359.