Does my house need a rewire?

How To Tell If Your Home May Need Rewiring

A house rewire is a major job, but if the wiring in your house is old or inadequate, a house rewire would be an urgent safety matter. There are many way’s to take on house rewiring, the first is to determine how far you will need to budget and the extent of your rewiring project will be.

It is important to regularly check if your home needs rewiring in order to avoid wiring problems or worse, possible fire hazards. Here are the signs that you should watch out for:

• House’s age

If you live in an old Auckland house and the last time it had a rewire was more than 30 years ago, then this should be enough to tell you that you need to have a look at having a check of your electrical system completed. It might be possible that your old wiring can’t handle the electrical load that’s required by most modern appliances and high tech gadgets.

A house rewiring would update your home and bring it up to current standards if it is required. A qualified electrician in Auckland will be able to let you know more.

• Outlets, Switches

Discoloured or charred outlets and switches, worn electrical plugs and sockets, outlets and cords that easily get hot when in use – these could be signs telling you that you need a rewire. All these could be indicators that you have either a loose connection or faulty wiring.

Power Outage, Loose connections, faulty wiring, and poor grounding may also result in power outages. If you are frequently having power outages in your home then this could be a sign that tells you there’s something wrong with your home’s wiring. So if you’re experiencing blinks or temporary interruptions and dimming, best call your trusted electrician.

House Wiring

If you find black colored cables entering the consumer unit, this is an immediate sign that the wiring needs replacing, it has been installed in the 50s and inadequate for today’s use. Modern electrical cables are manufactured in white thermo plastic sheathing and are insulated by a coating of TPS, this cabling also has red for (live), black (neutral) and most importantly green/yellow for earthing. – the old black cables were insulated with rubber, which perishes and decays with age. You will also find there will be no earth present with this type of PVR cabling.

There are also older versions of white plastic sheathing that will need to be replaced, this cabling has been installed in the 60s and 70s and also has no earthing and may need to be replaced when upgrading your light fitting and appliances, the reason is that most light fitting need to be earth for safety. You will need to contact an electrician to determine the condition of the cabling system.

Black, rubber coated wires could be up to 40 years old, and over time deterioration allows the conductors inside the cable to meet. This will cause constant blown fuse’s and safety switch tripping, and if you replace the fuse it will simply blow again. The only solution is to replace the wiring.

Burnt smell

If you’re always noticing a burnt smell without being able to identify a possible source, then you may want to consider having someone take a look at your wires. This burnt smell may be the result of an electrical short that might have happened under the floorboards or behind the walls. If you suspect that this might be the culprit behind the smell, then call a 24-hour emergency electrician and have them immediately fix the issue as this can be a fire hazard.

When it comes to your home’s electrical system, don’t just focus on the visible wires and connections. Also remember to check your wiring, especially those that are hidden from plain sight. To be doubly sure, make it a habit to have your electrical wiring system checked every few years as part of the electrical services that you get for your home. Like they say, ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry.’

If you think you need a house rewire, or would like a free quote to rewire your home, contact us first