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Is it possible that your home’s electrical wiring is outdated or unsafe? The best way to find out is to have one of our electricians come out and evaluate it for you. In our evaluations we can assess any home or business for potential wiring problems.

Contact West Houston Electric at (832) 925-4669 today for home wiring repair in Houston.

When Should You Replace Old Electrical Wiring

Old electrical wiring should be replaced under certain circumstances to ensure safety and prevent potential hazards. Here are some situations in which it's advisable to replace old electrical wiring:

  • Age: If the wiring is several decades old, it may be outdated and no longer compliant with modern safety standards. Wiring materials degrade over time, increasing the risk of electrical fires or faults.
  • Visible Damage: If you notice any visible signs of damage such as frayed wires, exposed conductors, or melted insulation, it's a clear indication that the wiring needs to be replaced.
  • Frequent Electrical Issues: If you experience frequent electrical problems such as tripped circuits, flickering lights, or outlets that don't work properly, it could be a sign of deteriorating wiring.
  • Overloading: If the wiring is unable to handle the electrical load of modern appliances and devices, it can lead to overheating and potential fire hazards.
  • Renovation or Remodeling: If you're planning to renovate or remodel your home, it's a good opportunity to inspect the wiring and consider replacing it if necessary to meet current safety standards and accommodate any changes in electrical needs.
  • Aluminum Wiring: If your home has aluminum wiring, it's recommended to replace it with copper wiring. Aluminum wiring poses a higher risk of fire hazards due to its tendency to oxidize and loosen connections over time.
  • Safety Upgrades: If you want to enhance the safety of your home, replacing old wiring with modern, safer alternatives such as copper wiring with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) can greatly reduce the risk of electrical accidents.
  • Insurance Requirements: Some insurance companies may require homeowners to update their electrical wiring to ensure coverage or to qualify for lower premiums.

It's important to hire a qualified electrician to inspect the wiring and determine whether replacement is necessary. Electrical work should always be done by licensed professionals to ensure safety and compliance with local building codes.

Ensure the Safety of Your Home with Proper Electrical Wiring

Proper electrical wiring is crucial for the safety and functionality of your home. Faulty or outdated wiring can pose significant risks such as electrical fires and electrocution hazards. At West Houston Electric, Inc., we specialize in residential electrical wiring services to ensure the safety of your home and your family.

Benefits of hiring our professional electricians for your residential wiring needs:

  • Expertise: Our team of experienced electricians is trained to handle all types of residential wiring projects, from new installations to repairs and upgrades.
  • Code Compliance: We adhere to all local building codes and regulations to ensure that your electrical system meets the highest safety standards.
  • Quality Materials: We use only top-quality materials, including copper wiring, which is known for its durability, conductivity, and resistance to corrosion.
  • Custom Solutions: We understand that each home is unique, and we tailor our wiring solutions to meet your specific needs and requirements.
  • Peace of Mind: By hiring professionals, you can have peace of mind knowing that your electrical system is installed or repaired correctly, minimizing the risk of future issues.

Don't compromise on the safety of your home. Contact West Houston Electric, Inc. today for an evaluation of your home electrical wiring needs in Katy, TX.

Does Your Home Have Aluminum Wiring?

If your home or office was under construction between 1960 and 1980, it is possible it was wired using aluminum wiring. This was a regular practice because aluminum wiring was less expensive than copper. Aluminum wiring is also not compatible with electrical devices.

This made aluminum unsafe due to the following properties:

  • Corrosion at terminal points caused by the aluminum oxidizing over time acts as an insulator and creates a fire hazard
  • Galvanic corrosion at joining wires is caused by aluminum contacting with dissimilar metals
  • Poor connections and electrical arcs that create fire hazards are caused by contraction and expansion and loose terminals

Replacing Aluminum Wiring

The only way to tell if you have aluminum wiring is to have a Katy electrician come out for an evaluation of your home. We can replace it for you by a procedure called “pigtailing.” This entails splicing the aluminum wire with a piece of copper wire and then affixing the copper wire to the light fixture or other electronic.

This technique includes replacing plugs and switches around the house to remove anything that had been damaged by aluminum wire. Of course, we will do the job with minimal damage to your existing drywall.

Why Is Copper Used for Most Electrical Wiring?

Copper is most often used as an electrical conductor in electrical cables due to its low resistance and outstanding conductivity. The metal is ductile and relatively resistant to corrosion, but it also has different properties useful for numerous applications. To learn more, give us a call and speak to one of our helpful electricians.

Upgrading Your Wiring Can Save You Money!

It is important to make sure your home is up to code with electrical panels and wiring but it may also save you money. Many insurance companies do not insure homes that are equipped with aluminum wire, and if they do, they charge a higher premium. By replacing the aluminum wire, you may receive a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.

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Get An Evaluation on Home Electrical Wiring Repair in Katy

By having a qualified electrician evaluate your house, you can not only save money in the long run, but you can prevent a devastating fire from ruining your home and endangering your family. West Houston Electric wants to make sure you are safe from any disaster due to faulty wiring.

Give us a call at (832) 925-4669 today to schedule your estimate on residential wiring in Katy.

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