Signs of Bad Electrical Wiring

wiringElectricity is one of those things that is pretty easy to take for granted in this day and age. After all, we’ve had electricity available to us in our homes throughout our lives. It’s just always there. And that’s a great thing. Forgetting about the dangers that electricity can pose just because it is such a regular part of our everyday lives, however, is not a great thing. In fact, that mindset can actually lead to some dangerous situations.

Today, we want to talk about some warning signs that you may notice if your electrical wiring is problematic. Are all of these warning signs indicative of an emergency situation? Of course not. Should the resolution of any and all problems with your electrical system and wiring be treated as a top priority, though? You betcha. We are not alarmists here, but the fact of the matter is that compromised wiring is a fire hazard. So look out for these signs of trouble with electrical wiring in Acworth, NH.

Are Your Wires Frayed?

You cannot see much of your electrical wiring, most likely. However, if any work is being done in your home, or if you do have some exposed wiring in any area, you definitely want to look out for frayed wiring. This is one of the most common signs of trouble.

Wiring may fray due to the way it’s bent, or even due to excessive heat (a problem in its own right!).  However, it is also often the result of nails and screws being put into walls blindly. You need your wires to be contained if they’re to work safely!

Are Your Wires Hot?

Electricity generates heat, as you probably know. That’s how things like electric furnaces, water heaters, and stoves/ranges work, right? The difference there is that, well, you want to generate that heat. Not so with your wiring.

Now, you are not going to be touching your wiring to determine if it’s too hot, so this may not seem like very useful information. You are going to be touching your outlets and switches, though—and you’ll definitely be looking at them. If they feel hot to the touch or they have visible scorch marks on them, it is definitely time to call an electrician.

Frequently Tripped Breakers

The circuit breaker is a welcome improvement over the old fuse box. Every now and then, you are going to have to reset a breaker. It happens to even the best electrical systems. At least you don’t have to actually swap out dead fuses with new ones now, right?

Sure, but don’t let that convenience lull you into a false sense of security. If you are frequently making trips to your breaker box in order to reset breakers, you are at best dealing with an overloaded circuit. At worst, it could be a potentially dangerous wiring problem. Our electricians can tell you for sure, before resolving the problem (whatever it may be).

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