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Rewiring Experts

Take a moment to picture your daily routine. From the moment you get up until the second you fall asleep, almost everything you do requires electricity in some way or another. From the coffee maker that brews the stuff that keeps you moving, to the computer you rely on to do your job, electricity is with you every step of the way.

Given how central electricity is to your day, making sure it gets to where it needs to be is essential. With Preferred Electric's rewiring services, you can be confident that your system will always be functioning at a satisfactory level. Our team is fully licensed and bonded, meaning we are able to handle rewiring projects of all sizes safely and with ease.

Why Does Rewiring Matter?

There are a few hugely important reasons why rewiring is a necessary step for homeowners and business owners alike.

The first is that, just like any other part of your home or business, electrical wiring has a lifespan. It's not surprising, given that it sees near constant use, day in and day out, but because the wiring is hidden away it's easy to forget that it's something that needs to be replaced periodically. When you replace your wiring, you prevent damage ranging from blown fuses to devastating electrical fires.

Another major reason to replace your wiring is because older, outdated systems were not built to handle the stress modern appliances place on them. If your property has wiring that was installed in previous decades, give Preferred Electric a call today. One of our licensed electricians can inspect your system and determine whether or not it is still functional, or if it poses a risk and needs to be updated.

Avoid Fires

There are few brands of electrical panels that we still find in homes today that are a significant fire hazard. One of these panels is called Federal Pacific. These panels pose a latent threat and could be a hazard. The circuit breakers may fail to trip in the case of an overload or short-circuit. A circuit breaker that fails to trip could cause a fire or personal injury. These panels appear to work perfectly during normal operation allowing electricity to flow without any problems or symptoms. The concern surrounds those instances when a circuit is overloaded.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) did conduct product testing of these FPE breakers and found that their failure rates were significant. Decades of reports support the dangers of these panel more than any other brand ever produced. Stories of electrical panels spontaneously busting into flames, breaker not tripping and posing risk of electrocution, are found all over the internet. At Preferred Electric we take these dangers very seriously and will advise you on the best way to replace this brand of panel. Because of the high risk to property and human life we will not service this brand of panel, as a commitment to our high standard for safety and quality.

Knob and Tube

Knob and Tube wiring was the original method of wiring. Homes built between the 1900s to the 1940s would have used this type of wiring in the original construction.

Some homes built in this era have had some electrical upgrades since then, but many have not, or have not fully been upgraded. At the time knob and tube was in use it was it was considered very safe for the electrical needs of its time. However, with today’s modern electrical needs, it no longer meets adequate safety standards.

One of the most significant changes between modern wiring and knob and tube is that way the wires are run. Modern wiring groups the white, black and ground wires together in one cable, where knob and tube system run white and black wires separately and do not use a ground wire at all.

Why is this an issue?

Since the knob and tube system do not contain ground wires, there’s no protection when a fault occurs. The added distance between the hot and neutral wires also makes a short less likely, this can allow an exposed hot wire to go unnoticed. As a result, you increase your risk of shocks and fires.

Modern wiring has multiple layers of insulation, while knob and tube uses only a single layer of rubber. Over time this rubber insulation becomes brittle and breaks down, this breakdown is often a reason to have your knob and tube replaced.

If you have or think you have, knob and tube wiring in your home, consider these reasons to upgrade your electrical:

  • Modern Electrical demand: With ever increasing electronic gadgets on the market, the demand for electricity in modern homes is increasing. Homeowners with knob and tube often overload circuits and abuse extension cords or surge protectors. This brings significant risk of fire.
  • Poor Connections: Although original knob and tube wiring was usually installed by someone with electrical training and proper tools for making connections; it is difficult to find homes of this era now that have not had some kind of amateur alteration along the way. Without proper training and tools it is very easy to make improper connections after-the-fact that result in increased risk of fire.
  • Insulation Breakdown: The rubber insulation on knob and tube becomes brittle with time; this is most commonly found in areas of high heat like receptacles, light fixtures and switches.
  • Outdated Technology: Homes with knob and tube wiring had two-prong receptacles since there were no ground wires. Adding three pronged outlets to knob and tube is not legal and poses an increased risk of shock and injury. GFCI receptacles can be legally installed on wiring that does not possess a ground but must be labeled that an equipment ground is absent. However, GFCI receptacles are a costly solution if doing more than one or two and still do not provide the same level of protection that a properly grounded circuit has.

Boost Property Value with New Wiring

Old wiring leads to an inefficient electrical system, which in turn reduces the value of your property. By installing new, more efficient wiring, not only will the value of your property go up, but it is possible your insurance premiums will go down, because your system is no longer viewed as risky by insurance companies.

Whether you're thinking about putting your property on the market, or you simply want a way to increase its value, Preferred Electric can help. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced electricians today!