Warning Signs That It’s Time for an Electrical Upgrade
There will come a time where you will need to get an electrical upgrade done to your house. This is especially true if you have an older house that has not had an electrical upgrade done in the past. Not having your electricity checked out and upgraded can increase the risk of fire and electrical issues. Thankfully, your electricity will give you some signs that you need to call an electrician.
Hot Light Switches
If you feel your light switches getting hot after you go to turn your lights off, this warmth can occur for several different reasons. The main reason will be electrical overload. When you have a lot of heat, it can cause wear and tear on the electrical components and can increase the chances of a fire in your home.
Broken or Discolored Outlets
Grime, grease, dirt, and dust can all cause your outlets to look dirty or yellowing. Most of the time, you can wipe this discoloration away and make your outlets look brand new. However, if you notice any soot or charring on your outlet, it is a sign that a small fire has started in the walls. When the wiring is poor, it can lead to sparks, and this is what causes the discoloration of your outlet.
Circuit Breaker Tripping
Circuit breakers help to protect your electrical circuit from overloads. This guard is a good thing, and if your breaker occasionally trips, it is doing its job well. However, if you start to have frequently tripping breakers, this could be a sign that you may need an upgrade in your electrical system to meet the demands, especially if you have upgraded your appliances.
High Utility Bills
Your utility bill should reflect what you use. If you do not use a lot, your utility bill should be low. When you use appliances, gaming consoles, computers, charging stations, and more, you can expect to see a higher utility bill. However, if you see that your utility bill is steadily climbing, you may have faulty wiring somewhere in your home. Having the wiring upgraded can help to lower your power bill.
If you are having problems with your electricity and you think you may benefit from upgrading, please call De Soto Electrical Products. We serve the De Soto area, and we offer electrical services, cooling and heating repair, maintenance, and propane refills. We will be able to upgrade your electricity and ensure that it is safe.