If you currently own an older home or commercial property, you have likely experienced electrical issues like flickering lights, hot light switches, and broken outlets. While each of these issues can be individually resolved, they are typically signs of an outdated or damaged electrical panel. If your electrical panel features aluminum wiring, outdated circuits, or other potentially hazardous elements, it may be time for an electrical service upgrade. As a leading provider of residential and commercial electrical solutions, the team at Expert Electric knows how detrimental outdated wiring and electrical panels can be for any property. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 benefits of electrical service upgrades to demonstrate why they are worth performing for older properties.
3 Reasons to Perform an Electrical Service Upgrade
Electrical service upgrades provide the following benefits for homes and commercial buildings:
1. Enhanced Safety
Older properties may feature unsafe wiring such as aluminum or knob and tube systems. These systems are not suitable for modern appliances and can drastically increase the risk of electrical fires and other hazards within your property. An electrical service upgrade will update these systems with modern copper wiring and replace old fuses with new breakers, drastically increasing electrical safety.
2. Additional Circuit Capacity
Most older buildings were constructed with allowances for 50-100 amps. While this was sufficient at the time, modern appliances and devices require more power to run. If you are constantly tripping breakers or losing power in certain areas of your home, it is likely time to perform an electrical service upgrade. Modern electrical panels and wiring systems are designed to support up to 200 amps, allowing you to safely run any device without worry. In addition to safety, this increased capacity will be necessary if you decide to construct an addition for your home such as a basement suite.
3. Increased Resale Value
If your home features an outdated or unsafe electrical panel, this will likely be discovered by potential buyers during a home inspection. This discovery may cause buyers to lose interest in your home or reduce their initial offer. A full electrical service upgrade can significantly increase the value of your home by eliminating the need for immediate repairs and providing total peace of mind. Having an electrical service upgrade performed before listing your home also shows potential buyers that your home has been taken care of and maintained, further increasing appeal.
To learn more about the benefits of electrical service upgrades or to inquire about our other electrical services, get in touch with the team at Expert Electric. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or your project.