If you've got your eyes on a new entertainment system, a powerful computer or any number of electronics, you'll need to make sure that it's safe to plug them up. Depending on how old your wiring is and how susceptible the area is to electrical storms, there may be damaged or weakening wires in the walls. Take the time to understand what could go wrong with new electronics purchases and an electrical system that isn't ready.
Wire Damage: The Hidden Threat
It's difficult to pinpoint electrical wiring damage until a problem occurs. There are a few symptoms, but you'll need to think about a few seemingly random events in some cases.
If your home has flickering lights, sockets that sometimes lose power or strange popping sounds, don't dismiss them. In some cases, the issue could be local power issues that you have no control over. Even if there's only a small chance that the wiring is bad, you need to investigate before it becomes worse.
Wiring damage happens in one of two major ways: wear and tear or surges. As electricity is a source of heat, years of electricity surging through the wiring can eventually burn away the wiring or at least make it brittle. This leads to wires that break apart and touch at unplanned intervals.
Surges can happen from electrical storms or issues with the power company's local infrastructure. If too much electricity courses through the wiring, the wires can burn and break apart quickly. Just as with wear and tear, the wiring could be broken, but still touching. Changes in temperature can cause thermal expansion and contraction to take place, which causes wires to touch and separate.
No matter the case, an electrician is necessary to replace the wires. If you leave the problem alone, you may lose power to an outlet, an entire wall or your home. In the worst case scenario, the wiring could touch to the point of causing a fire with dust and debris in the walls.
Upgrading Wiring For Electronics
To make your electronics safe from power loss or causing fires, an electrician can upgrade your electrical setup with more wires and more efficient wiring techniques.
Adding more wires can reduce the electrical heat per wire. The burden of electricity is spread across multiple wires, and can be distributed to a different circuit breaker panel (also known as a distribution board or power panel).
An electrician can also add more wiring to area that are safer for your electronics. Instead of connecting a long cable across the floor and creating a tripping hazard, an electrician can install a new set of wall outlets, floor outlets, or even ceiling outlets to make cable management a bit easier.
Using an Ethernet cable or other Internet cable for your computer? An electrician can bring that through the walls to other rooms so you won't need to drag those cables across the floor, either. Although Internet Technology professionals usually handle such cables, this job may be better for an electrician. Since electrical wires are sources of heat, you'll need an electrician to find and avoid the hottest wires so that your Ethernet cables won't melt.
Contact an electrician, like Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc, for upgrades, safety checks and advice on what to do with hard-to-reach electronics.