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Written by Walt Meyer

Should You Upgrade Electrical Wiring During a Home Remodel?

If you suspect your older home’s electrical system is not up to code, it may be time for an electrical wiring upgrade. Unfortunately, upgrades are labor intensive and costly because wires are located behind walls, and they need to be accessed to be repaired or replaced. The project may take from 5 days to 2 weeks with a bill of several thousand dollars. So, if your home will be undergoing extensive remodeling, it makes sense to have an electrical wiring upgrade done simultaneously to save time and money. Let’s discuss the benefits.

Safety Issues

The National Fire Prevention Association says faulty wiring is the chief cause of home fires. If your home is 40 years or older, there is a greater probability that the wiring is obsolete and unsafe. An electrical wiring upgrade will bring the house up to National Electrical Code (NEC) safety standards. You will be protecting your family, and the high premiums your insurance company charges for coverage may be reduced.

Modern Power

In the past, 60 amps was the standard for household electrical power. Currently, 200 amps are required to run air conditioning units, large flat-screens, computers & peripherals, and other modern devices. There are also fewer outlets in older homes, and homeowners compensate with extension cords and power strips, compromising safety.

An electrical wiring upgrade will allow your home to meet the power demands of the 21st century. For example, an old fuse box will be replaced by a modern control panel. An inadequate number of unsafe two-pronged outlets will be replaced by an ample number of outlets with GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) that prevent shock.

Data Requirements

Structured wiring should be included in the wiring upgrade. Data cables will provide the capability to handle computers, phones, game consoles, entertainment systems, and Internet of Things remote control of security, heating, lighting and entry. Structured wiring can raise a home’s resale value significantly.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.