Why Your Home Needs an Electrical Inspection
Think about all the electrical devices and appliances you have added to your Colorado home over the past decade.
Has your electrical system handled the increase without tripping breakers, causing lights to flicker, and risking fires?
Over the past decade, homeowners have added doorbell cameras, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, automation systems, high-efficiency heat pumps, upgraded kitchen appliances, and even Wi-Fi–enabled lightbulbs to their homes.
The proliferation of electrical entertainment equipment, smart products, and high-efficiency appliances in the typical American home makes a strong case for routine electrical inspections. An inspection can ensure that “plugging in” and “switching on” do not risk your safety.
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Why Get an Inspection?
Safety is one of the main reasons why an inspection makes good sense.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 32,620 fires involving electrical distribution and lighting equipment every year from 2015 to 2019. Wiring and related equipment accounted for 68 percent of those fires.
An electrical system inspection will identify dangerous wiring and other electrical issues.
Other reasons for an inspection include:
- You recently bought your home.
- The previous owner was a do-it-yourselfer who may have installed outlets, lighting, and other electrical items.
- You live in an older house. It retains some of its original lighting fixtures. It may have a fuse box. You are uncertain about the age of its wiring.
- You want professional advice on upgrades that will save energy and money on utility bills.
What is involved in an inspection? It starts with the electrical panel.
Inspecting the Electrical Panel
The electrician will look for signs of overheating, moisture, and other damage in your electrical panel, the part of your electrical system that distributes electricity to outlets, lights, and appliances wired directly into the system.
Your electrical panel or breaker box contains circuit breakers that “trip” and stop the electricity from flowing to an overloaded circuit. The electrician can recommend solutions to help avoid future overloading.
Beyond the Breaker Box
Are all the electrical outlets in your home in good working condition? Are there grounded outlets in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor locations, and garage? Do you wish all the two-prong outlets in your home were three-prong? Do you have enough outlets?
An electrical inspection will answer your questions and identify outlets for upgrading. It is also the perfect time to find out where additional outlets would make life easier for you and your family. For example, if you enjoy holiday decorating but have no electrical access outdoors, ask your electrician about installing an outlet.
An inspection also includes a wiring checkup to identify signs of wear or damage. Your technician will recommend upgrades to improve your electrical system and maintain safety.
If a do-it-yourselfer worked on the electrical system in your home, be sure the result is correct and safe. An inspection will uncover any problems with wiring, outlets, and switches.
The benefit of using a Carrier dealer with on-staff electricians is their expertise in electrical system maintenance, repair, and installation, and knowledge of electrical codes.