If you own an older home and are thinking of electrical upgrades so that your house can become more energy efficient and save you money in the long run, then you may want to get some ideas from other people who have pursued such projects to see what is the best course of action. Every old house is different and you may need to do some custom work to make your situation work for you. There are many reasons why you may be considering electrical upgrades in your home.
What Are Some Indications That I My Home Might Need Electrical Upgrades?
Many old Los Angeles homes have electrical systems that have a smaller power capacity than today’s more modern homes require. This can cause many problems in today’s electronic and gadget based world. For this reason many people look to expand the capacity of their home’s electrical system. Some of the symptoms of your home not having enough power are:
- You frequently blow fuses or circuit breakers when you use too many appliances like vacuum cleaners, microwaves or space heaters
- The lights dim when you turn on an appliance
- You don’t have enough electrical receptacles for the number of appliances you use.
- You may have many extension cords and adapters to fit more plugs
Think about the new appliances that have become widely available over the last 40 years or so. Vacuum cleaners, space heaters, air conditioners, microwaves, curling irons, hair dryers, big screen televisions, spas, computers etc… Many of these appliances draw significant amounts of electrical power. Some older homes only have 60- 100 amps of power available in their electrical panel. A typical space heater or microwave can draw 15-20 amps alone. Of course you also have to consider the power drawn by the lights, fridge, microwave, etc.
Now you can see why electrical upgrades may be necessary. Electrical upgrades aren’t easy and it’s not recommended to get involved with a project like this unless you are a professional and you know what you’re doing. This is not a job for your handyman, the brand new electrician or your friends brother who “knows how to do electrical work”. If you need electrical upgrades, you should contact a licensed Los Angeles Electrical Contractor in your area. You should consult with them about your project and what you’re trying to accomplish with the new system in your home.