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How to Upgrade Home Electrical Wiring: Considerations when Upgrading Home Electrical Wiring, How Many Circuits Are Needed, Electric Panel Capabilities, Can You Do It Yourself, Dedicated Circuit Requirements, Ground Fault Circuit Protection.
Rewiring Home Electrical Circuits
- Our problem is that our whole house seems to be wired together on one circuit.
- If we use the microwave and have the heater on in the living room the circuit breaker trips.
- The power goes out in the whole house but if we flip one switch on the circuit breaker everything comes back on.
- Its not the main switch we flip to turn it back on.
- Is there a way to fix this easily ourselves.
This electrical wiring question came from: David, a Homeowner from Coatesville, PA.
Dave the Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question David.
How to Upgrade Home Electrical Wiring
It is best to have an electrical evaluation of your hone electrical wiring system to see exactly what is happening, however it surely sounds like you are in need of an electrical service upgrade.
- Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
- Electrical Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits, Extension Cords, and Ladders.
- Construction Safety: All personal safety measures must be taken when performing remodel projects where you may come into contact with hazardous materials and environmental contaminants such as fiberglass insulation, vermiculite and asbestos, molds or mildew, as well as dust.
- Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of wall coverings and structural construction and available access to the project area.
- Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the installation should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
- Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring or upgrading existing electrical circuits and wiring should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Considerations When Upgrading Home Electrical Wiring
- How Many Circuits Are Needed
The number of circuits that you have will depend on how large and how old your home is.
- Electric Panel Capabilities
Additional circuits may be added if the electrical service panel has the capacity.
- Can You Do It Yourself
Whether or not it would be easy to fix yourselves is something only you could answer.
- Dedicated Circuit Requirements
Home electrical wiring upgrades should include dedicated circuits for kitchens and laundry rooms.
- Ground Fault Circuit Protection
Safety devices such as smoke detectors and GFCI outlets are highly recommended.
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