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5 Things New Homeowners Should Know About Their Electrical System

Buying a new home is exciting, and you should make sure that you understand a few basics about your electrical system. Improper use of your electrical system can damage appliances, electronics, or cause a fire. Here are some of the things you need to know.

1. Location of Your Service Panel

The first thing you need to know is where your service panel is located. You also need to know what to do if an appliance breaker trips. A breaker trips if too much current is flowing through the wiring. If you reset the breaker, and it continues to trip, then you should call an electrician or appliance repair specialist before trying it again.

2. Location of Your Wiring

If you plan to do any remodeling or major renovation, you need to know where the wiring and electrical components of your home are located. In an older home, the electrical system might not be located in the same place as in a newer home. Before beginning the renovation process, you should contact an electrician to locate your wiring.

3. Don’t Add Too Many Electrical Devices

Before you add electrical devices or major appliances to your home, have an electrician do an inspection to make sure your service can handle the load. They will also need to make sure your wiring and breakers are sufficient for that type of appliance or device. Your electrician might have to do some rearranging to make sure the system is safe.

4. Make Sure You Have GFCIs

One of the most important steps you can take to prevent an electrical fire or damage to an appliance is to make sure you have proper ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). It is not enough to use the surge protectors on power strips. GFCIs are more sensitive and offer better protection for your home. Your electrician will be able to inform you if you have adequate protection.

5. Use Qualified Electricians

It is important to make sure that you do not allow anyone to do electrical work on your home who is not licensed. You need to make sure they are certified for residential work and that they are familiar with the local building codes in your area. You should never attempt to do electrical work by yourself unless you are a licensed contractor. Faulty electrical work is one of the main causes of house fires, so it is always best to call a professional.

Excel Electric provides reliable electrical services to the progressive Willamette Valley and Eugene, OR areas. Our team is licensed and experienced with many types of services. We can help you upgrade or replace circuit breakers and GFCIs. Our technicians can also help you install electrical generators, electrical panels, or an EV charger for your car. Contact us, and we will be happy to meet your electrical needs.