If your property is in need of rewiring, it is important to undergo work as soon as possible to maintain the safety and function of your home. But how do you tell if your house needs rewiring or a new fuse box? With over 50 years of experience, the electrical contractors at Complete Wiring Solutions Ltd know exactly what to look for and offer expert advice. We inspect consumer units and circuitry before recommending suitable electrical work, which may include fuse board rewires, upgrading plugs and switches, or a full property rewire. Depending on your needs, we can schedule an appointment, or we have emergency electricians offering 24/7 call outs in Maidstone, Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas.
Older and outdated homes are more likely to need rewiring, especially if you notice other areas of your property need renovating. However, the age of your house is not the only factor to consider. The following are some of the key signs that suggest you need rewiring or upgrading services:
1. Burning Smell
If you notice a burning smell that doesn’t go away, and isn’t the result of burning food, it may be an electrical burn. If you suspect this is the case, call our electrical contractors in Sevenoaks as soon as possible, you can also call our emergency electrician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2. Discoloured Sockets or Switches
Brown marks on sockets or switches indicate small fires that result from loose connections. Consequently, you must not ignore discolouration because your wiring may be posing a safety risk.
3. Fuses Blow Often
While fuses that blow regularly are often the result of a faulty appliance, they can also be a sign your property in Sevenoaks needs rewiring. If your fuses keep blowing and you can’t find a reason, our electricians can inspect your wiring to find the fault and recommend suitable action. Depending on the problem, a full rewire may not be necessary and we offer a range of other electrical work, such as fuse board rewires, to ensure the safety and function of your home.
4. Old-Style Fuse Box
Some properties in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas still have old-style fuse boxes. If this is the case, our electrical contractors strongly suggest upgrading to a modern consumer unit which will offer a greater level of protection and comply with BS 7671. Complete Wiring Solutions Ltd inspects your unit and undertakes fuse board rewires to update older installations. If the existing cabling is sound, a full property rewire is often avoidable.
5. Flickering Lights
An occasional flickering or dimming light is normal, but if lights in more than one room often flicker or dim, you may have an electrical problem. If you are unsure, arrange an appointment with our qualified electricians in Sevenoaks who can assess the problem and advise on necessary electrical work.
6. Electrical Shocks
If you’ve had an electric shock when plugging an appliance into a socket, or if you hear a buzzing sound coming from a socket, you need an emergency electrician. This is a major safety risk which needs checking as soon as possible, and after an inspection we can recommend rewiring or repair services.