Every homeowner should keep his home’s electrical system in its best and safest condition to avoid electrical injuries and structural damage. But like any home system, electrical systems get worn out, and soon get outdated. Aging and maintenance play a huge role in keeping the electrical systems well-maintained and safe to use.
Unfortunately, not all homeowners put in the effort to keep their home electrical systems well-maintained. Some think that electrical systems only need professional attention when there is an ongoing issue. Others on the other hand are too busy to carry out homeowner maintenance work and schedule periodic professional electrical safety maintenance inspections.
Outdated and phased out electrical fixture
Most electrical fixtures that get outdated are the breaker panel and wiring. Homeowners should take note of the age of these fixtures so that they could have it upgraded by a licensed electrician even before it starts incurring maintenance and safety issues.
A step away from electrical fires
One of the biggest dangers of an outdated electrical system is the significant possibility that it could spark an electrical fire. Most outdated electrical systems could no longer handle the electrical load demanded by the household, hence it could go on a short circuit or get into a power overload. This in turn heats the fixtures, could melt wires, and could soon start an electrical fire.
Another possible way outdated electrical systems could start a fire is when an outdated fuse box or breaker panel can no longer properly function. Once this happens, the possibility of having electrical fire becomes highly possible.
Potential damage to appliances and electronic devices
Outdated electrical systems could pose an imminent danger to home appliances and electronic devices. Power surges can usually happen in homes with outdated electrical fixtures. In turn, these surges are the most common cause of appliance damage in any home. Make sure to replace electrical fixtures when needed to ensure that expensive appliances and electronic devices do not get damaged.
Electrical injuries and even fatal accidents can occur due to failure to replace outdated electrical systems. Outdated wiring could affect power outlets and light switches and could cause grounding or arcing, which in turn could cause electrical shocks. Unfortunately, even electrocution could happen when an outdated fixture that has ongoing issues is misused.
Also, power outlets that are phased out already can easily cause harm to children. Newer ones are less likely to cause electrical shocks.
Red flag signs to home buyers
Another repercussion of having an outdated electrical system is its impact on property value. Outdated electrical systems are usually viewed as a red flag sign of any prospective buyer as it is a safety and convenience issue. Most likely, the buyer will bargain for a lower contract price, or at the very least ask the seller to upgrade the electrical system first before closing the sale.
Homeowners that need to replace or upgrade their electrical fixtures should immediately do so to avoid accidents. Hire a reputable licensed electrician who can help assess the current state of the home electrical system, and recommend safety upgrades. Have the electrician upgrade the outdated electrical fixtures as soon as possible to avoid injuries and property fires.