You probably don’t give much thought to the electricity in your Hendersonville, TN, home––until it goes out or you have a problem with it. If that’s the case, you’re in a majority. But is it safe to only think about it on these few occasions, or should your home’s electrical system be part of your overall regular home-maintenance plan? Do you need an annual home inspection? What about a tuneup? Our professionals at Kimbro Air recommend thinking about it a little more often but only scheduling an inspection and tuneup under certain conditions.
Why an Electrical Inspection and Tuneup Are Important
An electrical inspection for your home examines your home’s entire electrical system to be sure it meets legal safety standards. The inspection certifies that all systems, wiring, and components, like your home’s appliances, are up to legal snuff. All electricians operate under the National Electric Code (NEC) when conducting inspections, which delineates the parameters for minimum standards across the U.S. Since most things in your home run with electricity and, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of the top five reasons for house fires is electrical distribution/electrical failures, it’s more important than ever to have a complete inspection of your home’s electrical system.
An electrical tuneup, on the other hand, typically only refers to tuning up your electrical panel. The panel isn’t something that changes often, so a tuneup isn’t required unless there’s a specific reason to think you might need one. Some reasons to think about a tuneup would be water leaks in the vicinity of your panel, improper wiring, your panel being underpowered or crowded, tripping and blowing fuses, or a poorly manufactured panel. These are all potentially dangerous situations, and a tuneup would be in order to correct them to keep you and your home safe.
When you schedule a home inspection, generally these are the things to expect a licensed electrician to check:
- Your electrical panel for proper operation, amps, and labeling (a tuneup may be recommended)
- All arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)
- Appropriate surge protection
- Wall outlets and switches
- Grounding systems
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, both placement and testing/condition
- Outdoor electrical systems
- Possible shock or electrocution situations
- Security and safety lighting
- Appropriate light bulb wattage
- Appropriate wiring of major appliances
Upon completion of either your inspection or tuneup, you should receive a detailed analysis, in the form of a report, of what your electrician concluded or performed. From here you can discuss repairs or replacements that may need to be made.
When to Schedule One
A home electrical inspection or tuneup isn’t necessary annually, like an HVAC inspection or tuneup. As far an inspection, our professionals recommend only scheduling one every five years or under the following circumstances, whichever comes first:
- Your home is forty years old or older.
- You’re purchasing a new home.
- You’re having a major renovation done to your home.
- You’re adding a new appliance.
As far as an electrical tuneup, as mentioned above, there are specific times you should get one. It’s not an annual recommendation.
Don’t put off getting a home electrical inspection or tuneup if your home meets any of our recommended reasons to have one. Electricity is nothing to ignore. The results could be potentially dangerous, or, worse, even deadly. Call one of our Kimbro Air licensed electricians at 615-824-8098 to schedule your inspection or tuneup today.