Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Home Rewiring FAQs

You’ve heard that if you have an older Philadelphia home, your electrical system may be outdated and unsafe. But do you know how dangerous old wires and outlets can actually be? When it comes to home rewiring, you may have the same questions as your neighbors so hopefully we can provide you with some answers.


Q: Would new outlets and/or receptacles offer convenience and eliminate unsightly extension cords?
A: Floor outlets are the perfect solution for eliminating extension cords. They offer convenience and eliminate the risk of tripping on a wire.

Q: Does a new appliance, home entertainment system or air conditioner require its own outlet?
A: Although they don’t always require their own outlet, direct lines can save energy and prevent tripped breakers - therefore making it a much safer option.

Q: How do I know if my outlets are grounded?
A: Older homes tend to have ungrounded outlets. If you are unsure, you can give us a call and we’ll send one of our expert electricians over to take a look.

Q: What are some warning signs of old outlets and switch plates?
  • Warm/hot to the touch
  • Cover plates are broken, cracked or missing
  • Dark area over the switch cover plate
  • Outlet is in the shape of a teardrop

Have additional questions for our team? Give GEN3 Electric a call at 215-512-4102 or feel free to send us a message on Facebook!

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