You’ve may have noticed a few odd things happening with your electrical system, but does really need to be rewired? If you notice any signs, it is time to contact Sanford Electric Company. 

When is it time to call an electrician?

If your home has aluminum wiring it needs to be replaced for safety reasons. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. “Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand (solid) aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as a branch wiring material. Aluminum will become defective faster than copper due to certain qualities inherent in the metal. Neglected connections in outlets, switches and light fixtures containing aluminum wiring become increasingly dangerous over time. Poor connections cause wiring to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard. In addition, the presence of single-strand aluminum wiring may void a home’s insurance policies.”

Hot plugs and switches 

Switches and plugs should be cold or slightly warm to the touch, even when in use for a long time. If they get hot, it is a red flag there is an electrical problem.

Humming sounds

Strange buzzing or humming sounds coming from electrical outlets or wall sockets are a sure sign of an electrical issue and needs immediate attention. 

Burning smell 

Even a slight smell of electrical burn, can quickly lead to a much bigger problem and even a fire. 

Circuit breaker keeps tripping 

Today’s gadgets and appliances require more electricity, than what many houses can accommodate. This can cause permanent damage and needs attention by a professional electrician.

Loose outlets 

While it may not seem like a big issue, a loose outlet is not safe and can lead to major avoidable electrical trouble. 

Insulation damage 

When insulation gets too hot, it can melt, break, and even start a fire. 

Whenever it comes to electricity, safety is a priority. Which is why it is important to contact the electricians at Sanford Electric Company.

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