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Buying An Older Home This Summer? Be Prepared To Make These Basic Electrical Improvements!

by Alexis Bailey

Older homes are charming and they have character and they're a worthy investment. Unfortunately, many older homes also lack the electrical features that people expect in their homes today. If you're thinking about buying an older home this summer, have the house inspected by an electrician. Have him or her check for these necessary electrical improvements. There's a good chance that the older home you're trying to buy will need one or all of these upgrades. Whether you want to negotiate these repairs as a part of the deal on the house or simply handle these upgrades after purchase, you should be aware if these problems exist so you can act accordingly.

GFCI Outlet Installation

GFCI stands for "ground fault circuit interrupter." GFCI outlets have a feature that can sense when an electrical current is going somewhere that it shouldn't go. When this happens, the outlet shuts down, preventing electrocution. GFCI outlets are a standard in bathrooms and kitchens in modern homes, but in older homes these outlets are often nowhere to be seen. To protect yourself and your family, have GFCI outlets installed in areas with a lot of moisture.

Install Outdoor Electrical Box Covers and GFCI Outlets

Electrical safety standards back then just aren't what they are today. Outdoor electrical boxes in older homes are frequently uncovered and exposed to the elements. In addition, GFCI outlets are often not present in outdoor electrical boxes. To keep your home and your family safe, have old outlets in old outdoor electrical boxes replaced with GFCI outlets, and have a cover put on each outdoor electrical box where appropriate.

Panel Box Upgrade

This is the big one. Electrical service in older homes can be woefully lacking. Today's electrical standards are much higher and the needs of a family of four are much greater than they were half a century ago. It's not uncommon for older homes to have fuse boxes or panel boxes with a 60 amp capacity, whereas families today use enough electrical equipment that a 150 or 200 amp box is much more appropriate.

Sometimes homeowners with fuse boxes try to get away with a lower amperage by using fuses that are too large for the wires. This is a dangerous practice that could lead to a house fire. To truly address the problem, you'll need to have the existing fuse box or panel box replaced. For a 2,000 square foot home, a 200 amp panel box should be adequate.

For more information about electrical upgrades in older homes and advice regarding your potential home purchase, speak to an experienced electrician. To find out more, contact someone like Sweeney Electric industrial.

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