Don’t wait for sparks to fly; learn how to tell if your electric system needs an upgrade.

Does your home’s electrical system need an upgrade? Learn some good reasons why you may want to consider upgrading sooner, rather than later. 1. Should I update my electrical system? Your home's electrical system is similar to your body’s circulatory system. Your electrical panel is the heart of your electrical system. The circuits that carry electricity to all the plugs, lights and appliances in your home are like your veins and arteries. Your panel determines how much power is available for the circuits to distribute to all the appliances, lights and outlets in your home. The number and size of the circuit breakers determines how that power is distributed throughout your home. The first an

Your home electrical system: how long can it last?

You probably don't think about the lifespan of the various components of your home's electrical system until the power goes out. If the rest of the neighborhood hasn't blacked out, it might cross your mind something in your house has failed. Nick Gromicko of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) has expanded on a report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and compiled a list of the life expectancies for key components of residential electrical systems. Following is a rundown on how long you might expect certain of these elements to last, based on data from both the NACHI and NAHB reports -- as well as what it might currently cost you to replace so

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