Whole-House Rewiring for Older Seattle-Area Homes
Improve Your Home’s Electrical Efficiency and Safety
Do you live in an older home with an electrical system over 25 years old? If so, you may want to start thinking about electrical rewiring. Whole-house rewiring is an upgrade that makes sure your outlets are operating safely and your appliances are getting adequate power. It also ensures your home is up-to-code with local and national electrical codes established for your safety. At Seatown Electric Plumbing Heating and Air, our electricians can inspect your home to determine what state your wiring is in and whether rewiring is necessary. If we recommend whole-house rewiring, you can count on us to give you a thorough understanding of how it can benefit you. Please contact us for more information about whole-house rewiring in the Seattle area or to request a free, upfront estimate on our pricing.
Signs Your Seattle Home Needs Electrical Rewiring
Being able to live more comfortably and safely is a goal of most homeowners. If you live in an older home, you may not think this is an achievable goal. However, we firmly believe that living in an older home doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of your house and improve your safety with rewiring. While, in the past, your electrical system may have been adequate, today’s appliances and electrical demands are much higher.
If you’ve noticed any of the following, you should consider rewiring:
- Circuit breakers are tripping frequently
- You’ve gotten shocked by appliances
- Knob and tube wiring that’s ungrounded
- Poor lighting throughout your home
- You have flickering or dimming lights
- Sockets or plugs have scorch marks
- Excessive use of extension cords
- Sockets or electrical plugs that get hot
- Mixed dated and modern wiring
- Lights buzz when they’re turned on
Is Knob and Tube Wiring Hazardous for Your Home?
Popular from the 1880s to the 1940s, knob and tube wiring is considered obsolete and dangerous by many people. However, if it’s properly grounded, knob and tube wiring can still be used safely. Although it’s no longer used in new construction, many older homes still have their original knob and tube wiring. There isn’t an electrical code that says it must be replaced entirely. Instead of the modern three-prong outlets with grounding wires we’re familiar with today, homes in the past had two-prong outlets. If your home still has knob and tube wiring with two-prong outlets, we recommend rewiring to ensure your safety. Today’s appliances can easily overwhelm the ungrounded outlets of the past. Seatown Electric Plumbing Heating and Air can help you install a ground wire at every outlet, as well as GFCI breakers, to prevent the risk of electrical fires or shocks inside your home. Grounding gives your electrical current an alternate pathway to flow, so the excess heat doesn’t flow into your home’s wood framing or plumbing.
What Are the Benefits of Rewiring Your Home’s Electrical System?
If you’re considering rewiring your home’s electrical system, there are many benefits to doing so. First and foremost, you’ll get peace of mind knowing any faulty wiring has been removed and replaced with more efficient wiring. This could translate into lower energy bills, meaning the cost of rewiring your home could eventually pay for itself. Reducing your energy consumption isn’t just great for your budget. It’s also beneficial for the environment with fewer greenhouse gases being emitted due to lower energy usage. You also won’t have to worry about faulty electrical wiring disrupting your electrical devices and appliances. Over time, an overwhelmed electrical system will overload your plugged-in devices, resulting in frequent breakdowns, repairs, and replacements. Blackouts caused by faulty wiring, which can also do significant damage, will be another concern left behind when you decide to rewire your home. Finally, making your home’s wiring safer can also result in cheaper home insurance rates because your risks of accidents occurring are also much lower. However, you should never attempt to rewire your home yourself. You can rely on qualified electricians at Seatown Electric Plumbing Heating and Air.
Your Safety Is Important – Call Us Today to Request Service
Old electrical wiring systems are not only incapable of supporting your electrical needs, but they can also be potentially hazardous. By investing in our whole-house rewiring services in Seattle, you can obtain peace of mind knowing your home is much safer and more energy-efficient. At Seatown Electric Plumbing Heating and Air, your safety is important to us. We help families who own historic homes from Snohomish County all the way to King County update their electrical systems, and we would be happy to help you with yours. After a thorough safety inspection, our team can make recommendations to give your older home all the conveniences and safety features of a modern one. Contact our experienced Seattle electricians today to request service!