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Do you have lights in your home that dim when the refrigerator kicks on? Have you ever felt a slight shock when you touch your stove with wet hands? These are just two situations that should be looked at by an electrician. I didn't give any attention to the lights that were dimming in my laundry room when I turned my dryer on. A few months after I had noticed it, we had a small electrical fire in the ceiling. To find more home electrical symptoms that shouldn't be ignored, visit my website. Here, you will find symptoms, problems and solutions for each.

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Extension Cords Versus Electricians: What To Do If You Don'T Have Enough Outlets

Emily Ford

Between cellphones, espresso makers, big-screen televisions, and countertop griddles, most homes have a lot of electrical appliances. And in older homes, those electrical appliances may be competing for a small number of outlets in out-of-the-way places. But if you're making do by using power strips and extension cords, it's time to look into having some new outlets installed.

Why Not Just Use Extension Cords?

Extension cords are a great fix for inconvenient outlets – temporarily. So by all means, use them while you wait for an electrician to get out to your home. But there are a number of reasons why you shouldn't rely on them as a long-term solution.

For one thing, because they are exposed, extension cords can easily be damaged over time. Pets chew on them, people walk over them, and chairs bang into them. If a cord becomes frayed or damaged, it becomes a safety hazard, so you have to monitor your extension cords and replace them as necessary.

And if your solution is to run your extension cords underneath rugs or furniture to keep them safe as well as keep your home looking nice, that's a very bad idea. In fact, it's a fire hazard – a cord under a rug, for instance, can still become damaged… only you won't notice it. And if it does, it can heat up and start that rug on fire.

Could An Older Home Be Violating The Electrical Code?

This question is often asked by people who are renting an older home or apartment and wondering whether a landlord might be violating electrical code by not installing more outlets. It's true that the electrical code is always changing, and homes built today are mandated to have more outlets than those built fifty or a hundred years ago.

However, nearly all changes to the electrical code apply only to new work done after the code goes into effect. Older homes have their wiring grandfathered in. If you have your home rewired or outlets added, that new work will have to meet the new code; until that work is done, older wiring is not a code violation.

Are There Ways To Make Getting New Outlets Less Expensive?

For most people, electrical work is not a do-it-yourself task. But even though you should be hiring an electrician, there are still some things you can do to keep your expenses down:

  • If you have a multistory home, it's usually cheaper to have work done on the ground floor. Consider whether you can have most of your extra outlets added there and making do with what you already have upstairs.
  • When adding new outlets, your electrician will have to run wires through the walls. If you feel up to patching the holes yourself, let them know, and you can save a little money.
  • Since you have to pay the electrician to come out to your house, think about whether there's any other work you want done at the same time. While it might mean a higher bill, it could save you money down the road.

For more information about these and other electrical questions, contact a professional like Dunedin Electric Co., Inc.