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3 Reasons to Keep up with Home Electrical Maintenance

Published by Asbury Electric

Regular home electrical maintenance is critical to keep things running smoothly. You take your car in to get serviced regularly and you go on well visits to the doctor. We schedule these things as preventative maintenance so that we can keep our cars and ourselves running properly for as long as we can. Why would you not do the same for your home’s electrical system?

We use electricity without thinking in almost every aspect of our lives. Lighting our homes, making food, communicating, working, and relaxing in front of the TV at the end of a long day. Think about how annoying it is to realize that your phone is about to die and you don’t have a charger for it. Now apply that to everything in your home. Some jobs may seem small enough to do it yourself, but having a professional licensed electrician do routine maintenance will save you time, money, and frustration.

It Keeps Things Efficient

The average American spends about $2,000 per year on their utilities – 29% on heating, 21% on electronics, 13% on cooling, 13% on water heating, 12% on appliances, and 12% on lighting. Licensed electricians can complete preventative home electrical maintenance to keep your system running smoothly. Instead of waiting for something to go wrong, our electricians will find any faulty wiring, equipment that is running poorly, and anything that has been damaged.

By catching and fixing any issues, our licensed professionals will save you time and money. They can also make suggestions on upgrades that will save money on your electricity bill – such as energy-efficient light bulbs.

Home electrical maintenance will keep your family safe

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2017 there were 20 deaths, 190 injuries, and $659 million in property damage caused by electrical fires in homes. 57% of these fires were caused by electrical distribution, lighting, and power transfer. In the past year there have been a reported 30,000 electric shock-related accidents at home. Many of these accidents could have been prevented by maintenance done by a licensed professional. It’s important to ensure that all circuits are grounded and that outlets near wet areas, such as sinks, have Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI).

If children are in the home, tamper-resistant outlets should be installed. Replace any wobbly plugs or frayed wires. If you encounter dimming or flickering lights, unexplained sizzling sounds, or burning smells, you should get in touch with a professional electrician immediately. But why wait for something to go wrong? If you have an electrician regularly completing home electrical maintenance, they will most likely be able to target these issues before they become big problems. Even though we use electricity every day, it can still be dangerous and should be handled by a professional.

Save Money and Time

Sometimes a job is more difficult than you anticipate. Doing something yourself to save money may end up costing more in the long run due to repairs. If the wiring you installed malfunctions, it could also damage large appliances. The $50 you saved by DIYing turns into the cost of a new refrigerator. Even if you are able to successfully repair something, is that really how you want to spend your weekend? Unless you have an electrician’s background, the time and supplies needed to complete a project probably won’t seem worth it once you’re done.

Routine home electrical maintenance is something that should be completed in your home to lower your bills, keep things functional and safe, and to save time. Call Asbury Electric today at (757) 768-7147 to let us help you build electrical safety and savings into your home!

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