Did you just purchase a new home? If so, congratulations! This is an exciting milestone in anyone\u2019s life. Now that you are starting to settle in and getting more familiar with the layout, the local activities, and your new neighborhood, it is high time to put a bit of thought into the major systems of your home. Today, we are talking about the electric system. The system in your newly purchased home may need some significant electrical upgrades and potentially rewired. Some of the things to look for are found below.<!--more-->\r\nThe Home\u2019s Age\r\nOlder homes weren\u2019t designed to handle the significant electrical needs of today\u2019s appliances and electronics. In fact, there were many homes that were built before items like microwaves and computers even existed. Just think about that for a minute.\r\n\r\nHowever, it probably comes as no real surprise that if your electrical system was installed before 1970, there is a good chance it will not properly support your family\u2019s current electrical needs. Just think \u2013 the refrigerator, oven, televisions, computers, washer and dryer, and so much more are putting a huge demand on older wiring \u2013 there\u2019s a good chance that eventually, it\u2019s going to fail.\r\nBreakers That Trip Frequently\r\nHave you noticed your breakers seem to trip regularly? This isn\u2019t normal, so don\u2019t let anyone tell you otherwise. Circuit breakers are designed to keep you and your home safe and problem-free by tripping or by turning off when a wire that is running to or from a certain device gets overloaded.\r\nWhat does this mean?\r\nA wire that is overloaded may become too hot and result in a serious electrical fire. If you begin to notice that your breakers are tripping more often than usual, it is a serious red flag that indicates you need to invest in an upgrade.\r\nLights That Dim Frequently\r\nHave you noticed your lights dim when you turn your vacuum cleaner on or another larger appliance? This, too, is not considered normal, so do not let anyone tell you something else.\r\n\r\nThe truth is, if your electrical system is up to date, you should never notice a change in the intensity of your lighting system \u2013 at all. If you notice this occurring in your home, it is best to contact an electrician.\r\nYou Must Use Multiple Electrical Cords\r\nElectrical cords (i.e., extension cords) are only temporary solutions. If you are relying on them for day to day use, it means you need more outlets installed in your home. Rather than risking a shock or even electrical fire with multiple extension cords, have new outlets installed.\r\nNew Large Appliance Installation\r\nSince you just purchased a new home, you likely want new appliances to go with it, right? Modern appliances will use a lot of electricity, especially if they are combined with other, large appliances. An older electrical system just won\u2019t be able to support this demand.\r\n\r\nIf all the factors above were not enough to convince you to have your home rewired, consider that one of the top causes of residential fires is faulty wiring. Now is the time to contact Teague Electric to help ensure your home is safe and that you can easily power all the devices and appliances you use regularly.