When it comes to your home’s electrical systems, you should not take chances. You should always be cautious and, if any issues arise, contact your Maryland electrician for assistance. You should call your electrician if you notice smoking wires and sparks, or experience a sudden power loss. An electrician is also necessary for new construction or after flooding, fire, or other damage. However, you should also remember that there are plenty of other instances in which your electrician can be a significant help. The following situations are excellent times to call up your Maryland electrician for service.
The Age of Your Home
If your house is over 25 years old and hasn’t had an electrical upgrade, it’s time to call an electrician and start updating the whole system. Older electrical systems can be inefficient and even hazardous and may be putting you at risk for future disasters.
Your service panel is the heart of your home’s electrical system. You should inspect the panel regularly to make sure it is working well. If you see visible damage, moisture build-up, or rust, there is likely an underlying problem putting those wiring connections at risk. Your Maryland electrician can determine if the problem can be repaired or if a new panel is required.
If your wall outlet hasn’t been updated in a couple of decades, now is the time to update. One essential part of updating outlets is ensuring that outlets near water sources like sinks, showers, or toilets have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Grounded areas such as a garage or basement should also include GFCIs. Without these, your home is out of code compliance and unsafe.
Heat and Sparks
If an outlet, switch, or other surfaces in your electrical system feel warm to the touch or sparks and give shocks when operated, you must contact your Maryland electrician. Look for dark smoldering marks near switch places, wire-ends, or terminals, which are a sign of wiring damage or overloaded circuits.
If you’re frequently running extension cords around your home, this is a sign you have an insufficient amount of outlets. Your local electrician can quickly install additional, safe outlets in convenient locations.
Having too many items plugged into a single outlet through a power strip or multi-socket receptacle can create a dangerous electrical system burden. If you have lots of add-ons plugged into your outlets, your system is being burdened and may lead to a fire. In this case, call an electrician to wire extra circuits for more duplex receptacles.
Your Maryland electrician can address this problem and any other you may encounter in your residential electrical system.
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