Any electrical system upgrade must be performed by an experienced and licensed contractor. This is not the kind of job you let a novice DIY homeowner to take up. Simple tasks like replacing a switch or adding an outlet have been done by homeowners. But most times, hiring a licensed electrician to take up any electrical tasks in Raleigh NC is the best bet. If you are looking for tips to upgrade your electrical system, here are 5 to get you started.
Choosing the right electrical panel
Electrical panels are designed to sustain the total amperage required in a modern home. There are specific electrical panels designed for new homes and remodeled spaces. The energy needs of modern homes require highly advanced panels. You need to confirm with your local building department regarding the versions allowed in your area.
Consider the size of electrical wires
Smaller electrical wires are prone to getting hot or causing fires. You need to be extra cautious when choosing electrical wires. Avoid sizes that are smaller than 12-gauge wires. When an electrical wire is large enough, it’s able to handle a greater load without catching fire.
Protect outlets and switches next to water sources
Most modern homes have outlets and switches that are close to water sources such as sinks. If you are installing outlets close to areas that are exposed to water, make sure they have a ground fault circuit interrupter. This includes areas such as the basement, outdoors, garages and bathrooms. The ground fault circuit interrupter is a very important component that breaks a circuit whenever water is detected in the current. It can greatly help to reduce the risk of electric shock and in extreme cases, death.
Take note of common electrical faults
All homes are at risk of electrical faults which tend to worsen and become very generous if ignored. For instance, flickering lights can be a sign that there is an issue with the electrical wiring. When a fuse is constantly failing, something could be wrong. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to assess the issue at hand and try to resolve it the best way they know how. But this is highly discouraged.
Whenever you suspect an electrical fault, switch off power at the main supply and call in a qualified Raleigh electrician. Electrical contractors are best suited to handle issues that can be very dangerous to homeowners. Do not attempt to do any electrical repairs on your own.
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