Considering how purchasing a new home is an exciting time, it is easy to overlook specific systems in the house. For some people, as long as their lighting is working and they have their air conditioning when they need it, then they will not pay much attention to their electrical system. Nonetheless, as long as you are not the first owner of the home, there is no way of being fully cognizant about the state of your electrical system. Take note that if your new residence is more than a decade old, it is likely that some of the components of the electrical system may be out of date—not to mention that normal wear may have also compromised the working, and this will eventually manifest in electrical problems down the road. The following are a couple of reasons why it is critical to hire an electrical contractor to replace the old wiring in your home.
Replacing your electrical system ensures your home is up to code
You may think that, once a house is constructed, it will meet the stipulated building codes; however, what you are not bearing in mind is that these regulations can change with time. And having a house that is not up to code is not only a safety risk for you and your loved ones, but it can also put you at risk of fines from your local council. It is prudent to hire an electrical contractor before moving into your new home so that they can carry out a comprehensive assessment of the state of your electrical system. This assessment will enlighten the electrician on problems such as a circuit breaker that does not meet your household's electrical capacity, compromised electrical connections and faulty outlets. Fortunately, after having all these flaws remedied, you can rest assured that you will not need an electrical overhaul for a long time.
Replacing your electrical system prevents fire hazards
Although bushfires are a severe risk in some parts of Australia, it is important to note a large number of house fires stem from electrical faults. When the electrical system in your home is in disrepair, chances are it will have developed frayed wires, cracked insulation and even dislodged outlets. The common problem with all this damage is that your electrical cords are left exposed, and this increases the risk of sparking that will subsequently lead to a fire. You may also experience other fringe problems such as constant tripping of the circuit breaker, unexplainable dimming of lights, buzzing sounds from your electrical outlets or even outright scorching! Rather than risk property loss or injuries, it is best to have the residence rewired by an electrical contractor.