Not all homes use natural gas, but all homes use electricity. The electrical system is essential to daily life in a house, and keeping the circuits, wires, panels, connections, and appliances in good repair protects homes from suffering inconvenient power losses.
But electrical repair serves an even more important job—it keeps homes safe. Electricity poses potential health and fire risks. Modern home electrical systems are designed with safeguards to prevent trouble, but repairs further reduce the potential for something to go wrong.
Electrical Repairs That Will Make Your Home Safer
Your house might have small electrical troubles right now without you knowing about them. Or maybe you have noticed a problem, such as lights that flicker and bulbs that keep burning out, but thought they weren’t a serious issue in need of fast repair work.
Don’t be fooled! Little glitches can turn into big disasters without proper and timely care. We recommend regular inspections and maintenance to catch hidden electrical problems and calling for repairs as soon as you think you need them. Always best to err on the side of caution.
- Breaker and panel repair: The electrical panel is the central hub of a residential electrical system. The panel is responsible for shutting off overloaded circuits to protect them from damage. But the panel can become a safety problem and create electrical fires—especially an older one no longer able to keep up with voltage demands. When breakers regularly trip or you notice scorch marks on the panel, have the panel repaired (or replaced) immediately.
- Repairing loose or frayed wiring: Any weird behavior from the electrical system, like sudden loss of power to an outlet or lights that flicker for no obvious reasons, can mean frayed or damaged wires. Loss of insulation around wires is a major safety risk. Professional electricians can locate the damaged wiring and repair it.
- Replacing damaged outlets and light switches: Outlets and switches are key places where you interact with the house’s electrical system. Shorts in either are fire hazards and can also create high voltage shocks to people. If a switch feels warm to the touch or an outlet is sparking, have them looked at. The same goes for dead outlets and switches. We recommend putting in GFCI or AFCI outlets if you don’t already have them.
- Wiring upgrade: We talk about this more below, but a house with older wiring may be unable to handle the growing demand new appliances and technology put on the electrical system. Extensive rewiring not only makes life easier, it also helps prevent major hazards because of overworked circuits and wires.
We Are Older Home Specialists
Electrical repairs are especially important for older homes that may have outdated electrical systems. We specialize in work with older homes both for HVAC and electrical services. Electrical repairs for these homes often require extensive rewiring and replacing two-prong outlets with grounded GFCI outlets. Let us make your vintage home as safe as it can be and up to the local electrical code.
We’re the electricians for Burbank, CA and the surrounding areas for electrical repairs, no matter the age of your home.
Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical serves Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.