To ensure you and your family’s safety, it is important to keep your home’s electrical system updated. This aspect of your home, among all the other aspects of a house, is the most prone to wear and tear as it is being used 24/7. Hence, aside from having your local electrician go through your system and test and evaluate its performance, you also need to upgrade into a modern system every now and then.
Before anything else, it is highly recommended that you call your local electrician to look at and evaluate your entire system as well as your power demands. According to experts, the best way to find out whether or not you need a system upgrade is for the electrician to use an amp meter to test the entire system while all your appliances are plugged in. If the service size resulted to more 75-80 percent, this means you need an upgrade.
Here are some tips to help you upgrade into modern electrical system
- Regularly test your Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GCFI’s) and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI’s) at least every 90 days. Most of these that are available in the market today come with their testing kit. If the kit doesn’t work or if it turned out negative results, call in your local electrician at once and have him or her check your GFCI’s and AFCI’s.
- Go through the entire house and inspect every receptacle and switch. Make sure there are no burnt marks at the edges and that they are not loose. Also, check to see if you have a receptacle that is glowing or hot when touched. All these are signs that you need professional electrician assistance.
- Do not use an electrical cord that is worn or torn. Also, check to see if the plug’s ground is broken. These should no longer be used as they may cause problems to your electrical system. Throw them away to ensure no one in your household would think to use them.
- If you notice your lights suddenly dimmed or when it brightens intermittently, it means there is a potential problem on your electrical wiring. Another sign is when your lighting flickers, especially when you have not plugged in switched on one of your appliances that requires a large load to function. Call in professional electrician assistance as soon as you notice these signs.
- Keep in mind that extension cords should be used temporarily only. These are not developed for a permanent use inside the home. If you’re looking for permanency, have your electrician install additional receptacles in your house.
- If you plan to use a generator, make sure it is installed properly. For best results, call your electrician to ensure proper installation of your generator.
Obviously, you’ll need to work with a licensed electrician with regards to upgrading your electrical system. Call Myrtle Beach Electrician Pros now and speak with one of their experts.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577