While the choice of what type of rewiring your house needs depends on several factors – including but not limited to budget, the physical condition of your home and its electrical fittings – it is always a good idea to know what exactly your home’s electrical needs are and how it affects your intended rewiring project.
More often than not, you would need to have a licensed electrician conduct an electrical installation condition assessment to find out the condition of electrical installations in your home before deciding if you need a partial or full house rewire.
When Does My Home Need A Partial Rewire?
A full house rewire is ideal for homes with outdated wiring systems, and irreparable electrical issues but if it has been established that you only need minor changes or upgrades to your electrical installations, then a partial rewire might be appropriate.
In a partial house rewiring, you’re only upgrading or replacing a part of your home’s circuit or electrical installations because they have been damaged and pose a high safety risk to all parties concerned.
You may also partially rewire your house if you are doing some renovations – such as extra lighting circuits for your basement’s mini home theater system. This would require you to increase the capacity of certain circuits to accommodate for the expected increased electrical load they would be handling.
How Do I Know If My Home Has Been Rewired Before?
Perhaps the easiest way to check if your home has been rewired in the past is by carefully examining the exposed parts of your home’s wiring and consumer unit (made up of your electricity meter and fuse box) for any signs.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, do this inspection in the company of a licensed electrician who would be able to tell you with certainty if your home has been rewired or is due for rewiring.
What Legal Requirements Must I Follow Before Rewiring My Home?
There is no strict rule regarding when you need to rewire your home, but if your house’s wiring is more than 25 years old, it is generally advisable to upgrade to current industry standards.
Of course, you may have some reservations concerning upgrading a system that has not failed you in any way over the years.
But when you consider the fact that building safety regulations are ever-changing, it’d be best to err on the side of caution and have your home’s wiring and circuitry rewired or partially rewired to current industry standards.
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