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It’s important to make sure that the electrical wiring in your Southwest Florida home is safe. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, U.S. fire departments respond to 25,900 home electrical fires per year. Thirty-nine percent of electrical home fires typically involve electrical outlets. There are ways to prevent an electrical fire in your Southwest Florida home. The electrical system in your home may need some repair. A complete electrical rewiring to your home in Southwest Florida can a big expense, but you can’t put a price tag on your family’s safety. Here are a few warning signs that your home may need new electrical wiring:

Frequently blown fuses and tripped breakers:  If you notice that there are frequent dips in your voltages, and your lights constantly flicker once in a while is a definite sign that there’s internal electrical wiring damage.

Short-Circuiting: Appliances can get damaged by short-circuiting, but there are times when the only sign that you have a short-circuiting problem is when your appliances start malfunctioning. If your plug sparks when it is plugged into the socket, or if the adapter heats up, then there could be a problem with the electrical outlet.

Live Current: If there’s the presence of live current in a switchboard and sockets, then it might be a sign that your electrical wiring has been exposed to water or is not positioned right. For instance, if a switch in the laundry room or kitchen gives you even a tiny shock when you turn it on and off, it’s a sign that there might be an issue with your electrical wiring.

Open Electrical Wiring: Be sure that you’re keeping an eye on open wiring that can be chewed by rats and raccoons in the attic. Also, make sure that rainwater doesn’t accumulate around your circuits. If you noticed extreme damage to your electrical wiring, we suggest that you call a licensed electrician to fix the problem.

Overloaded Circuit Board: Each circuit board has a specific limit to the amount of electricity that it can hold, and within that limit, your appliances should function properly. However, if you turn on the dishwasher or air conditioner, and that causes your lights to dip in voltage, then the circuit may be damaged and unable to take the electrical load.

Damaged Electrical Wiring: Damaged and worn-out wiring needs to be replaced immediately. If you don’t have the proper tools or you don’t know how to replace your electrical wiring, we recommend that you hire a certified electrician to get the job done.

To prevent power outages in your Southwest Florida home, make sure that you don’t plug in too many appliances into one circuit. Overloading your electrical wiring is one of the widespread problems of wiring issues. Having too many outlets working all at once can cause you to exceed your wattage consumption. Your outlets, cords, trip breakers, circuit box, and bulbs should be replaced if they show signs of malfunction. Don’t disregard the wattage consumption, it could increase your electric bill. If you have discovered that the electrical wiring in your home needs to be replaced, please schedule an appointment with the professionals at Best Home Services, by calling 239-271-2436. Best Home Services is proud to be the leading air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing company of Southwest Florida since 1980.

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