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A home that is thirty five years old, or older, needs electrical maintenance! Many homes that I service, on a daily basis, do not comply with The National Electrical Code. You should ask some questions, about your Electrical System. Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters located, within three linear feet of water sources? How often does your fuse’s blow? Do the circuitry breakers trip in your current Electrical Supply Box? Is the Electrical Service installed on your property original? Does the existing Electrical Panel-board require an upgrade? Maybe the most important question is the grounding. Is the grounding for the panel-board and the service grounding good enough? Can the grounding protect the integrity of the circuitry? This covers a large scope. Just because your property has not had a letdown does not mean the system will not fail.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Ground Fault Circuit Interupters

Ground Fault Plug

Older homes did not have Ground Fault receptacles. If the receptacle is within three feet of the sink, it must be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles or ground fault breaker. Some houses have all the receptacles that are considered to be in wet locations, fed from the same receptacle. Your electrician can figure this out. You can test the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter  system by manually tripping the breaker and inspect the affected areas.
Another sign of stressed electrical systems are blowing fuses and tripping circuit breakers. One in ten is actually old breakers. More times than not, the panel or fuse box is worn out. This condition will not improve without positive attention.
At one point I had an electronics engineer argue this point. These parts break down under heat stress and time. Failure to maintain these parts could result in catastrophic damage. Is the panel or fuse box installed on the property original? Panels over thirty years old should be replaced. This is not an attempt to make unnecessary repairs. It is preventive maintenance.

 Electricians and your Home

Residential Load Calculation

Electrical Load Calculation

If you have installed circuits yourself, you may have added breakers. Your electricians should perform a load calculation on your system and appliances. The calculation will determine if your system is under strain. It will also tell your electricians if you can add circuits.
Maybe the most important question concerns grounding. Is the grounding for the panel and the service providing sufficient impedance for the system? The circuitry’s integrity is jeopardized by to small of a ground wire during power surges or lightning strikes. The system will be unable to protect the appliances or the circuitry. Don’t take the importance of this evaluation. These steps may determine your electricians ability to save you thousands of dollars. It also could prevent fire damage and total loss.