All Charleston electrical systems gradually deteriorate over time and it’s recommended that a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system every 3-5 years. That can vary depending on how old your home is how many appliances you have. Typically, older homes may have older electrical systems that may not be able to support all the appliance and electronics that we use in our daily lives. Even if your home is new, you should be mindful of the amount of electricity you use and look out for any signs that there might be an electrical hazard in your electrical system.
What are some signs that may indicate your system needs an upgrade?
Circuit breakers frequently tripping
Outlets and switches not working normally or discolored
Outlets are only 2 pronged instead of 3 pronged
Lights begin to dim when you turn on other appliances
Extension cords or adapters are used frequently to create additional outlets in your home
If your electrical system is more than 20 years old it should be inspected by a licensed electrician
If you experience any of these signs or have concerns about your electrical system, you should have your electrical system inspected now. This can help you avoid dangerous electrical fires and expensive repairs in the future.