If you live in a home that is about 20 to 30 years old, it is possible that your home needs an electrical system upgrade.

A home’s electrical needs were far different back then. There have been a lot of changes since then and old electrical wiring could cause serious problems.

Here are 8 indications that you need electrical upgrades:

  1. Hot/Overheating electrical panel – Your home’s electrical system is like our body’s circulatory system. The electric panel is the heart of the system and the circuits are the veins. Thus, the first important step in an electrical system upgrade is upgrading the electric panel.
  2. Frequent electrical circuit-breakers tripping – Circuit-breakers trip to protect your electrical system when there’s too much demand from the users. This could indicate that your electrical system is in danger.
  3. Fuses blowing – Fuses blow when the circuit is overloaded. It protects wires from breaking down and burning.
  4. Flickering lights – This is a normal occurrence in every home but there are cases where it could be an indication of a major electrical problem.
  5. Having to use a lot of extension cords or power strips to support all your devices – Your electrical power requirement at home has grown and it could be the right time to install additional outlets.
  6. Having two-prong electrical outlets – These old-fashioned two-prong outlets don’t have the ground wires that protect people and electrical devices. If you have these, you should replace them with three-prong outlets.
  7. You built additions to your home (new garage, office, workshop) and you need additional outlets to be installed.
  8. You installed new appliances that eat up a lot of electricity.

Upgrading your electrical system will protect your home from fire hazard caused by overloaded circuits.  It can also increase your home’s resale value.

Electrical service upgrades are not a good candidate for a DIY project. These are extremely complex and can be dangerous if not handled by professionals. Be sure to contact your electrician.