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Thinking of Rewiring Your House? Here’s What You Should Know About Residential Electrical Wiring

Outdated or damaged residential electrical wiring can pose a risk of home fires and personal injury. Risk can be reduced by having an experienced electrician from Prime Electrical Service rewire and upgrade the home’s electrical system. Here are some things you should know if you are considering a whole-home rewire.

electric-installations-rebuiltWho Should Consider a Whole-home Rewire and Why

A complete rewire of a home is a major renovation, one that needs to be done every 50 years to keep the home up-to-date with the latest safety and efficiency standards. When your home is less than 50 years old, rewiring may not be necessary unless you notice the following:

  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers;
  • Faint but constant “burning” smell with or without sizzling sounds;
  • Charred, discolored, or other visibly damaged outlets, switches, or fixtures.

Other reasons homeowners consider rewiring their homes include:

  • Upgrading outdated components to remain within building codes;
  • Increasing overall energy efficiency of the home;
  • Increasing the home’s energy capacity.

How Much Does It Cost to Rewire a Home?

The cost of rewiring a home is dependent upon several factors. On average, homeowners can expect to invest between $8,000 and $15,000 to rewire a 1,500 to 3,000 sq.ft. home. To determine the actual cost, an experienced residential electrical wiring expert will need to come into the home and evaluate the property. Some of the things that will influence the cost to rewire include:

  • Size
  • Age of the house
  • Time since the last upgrade
  • Ease of access to the old wiring
  • Home design
  • Other work that needs to be done

What to Expect During the Rewiring Project

At Prime Electrical Service, we go to great lengths to respect and protect your home during the project; however, some damages to the walls and floors may occur to allow access to the wiring and installing new outlets, switches, and fixtures as necessary. Thus, rewiring during other home improvement projectsis a good idea. At times, power will need to be interrupted during the install, but will be restored at the end of the day. Typically, rewiring jobs can last upwards of ten days, depending on the size and complexity of the project.

To learn more about what to expect during a whole-home rewire, or to request a quote, please contact the experts at Prime Electrical Service today!