Expert home rewiring services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro
If your home wiring is old and outdated, inefficient or underperforming, or worn out and dangerous, then it’s time to consider replacing it entirely. EarlyBird Electric is proud to offer whole home rewiring services to all residents of the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
Whether you’re sure you need rewiring or you just suspect your current wiring isn’t working correctly, get in touch with EarlyBird right away. Our experts will tell you everything you need to know about your wiring system, including whether it needs to be replaced. Here’s what you should know about whole home rewiring and whether it’s right for you:
What is whole home rewiring?
Whole home rewiring is the process of completely replacing a home’s current electrical wiring with new wires and/or a new wiring system. This is usually done to replace old, outdated, damaged, or dangerous electrical wires with new, safer versions that can handle more voltage.
While updating an old system, electricians often add new circuits and more outlets to better supply the home with electricity and accommodate increased usage. Depending on how old and outdated the wiring system is, whole home rewiring may involve a complete redesign of the home’s wiring to bring it up to contemporary codes and standards.
Why would I need to have my home rewired?
Many of the homes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area were built over 60 years ago, and most still contain their original wiring. Unsurprisingly, home wiring technology has improved significantly since these wires were installed. In fact, certain old forms of home wiring such as Knob and Tube wiring are considered dangerous fire hazards today.
Even if you don’t have an outdated wiring system, however, you should consider rewiring if your current wiring can’t keep up with your needs. Our demand for electricity has increased significantly in the last 60 years. Your old wiring was never designed to handle the amount of voltage demanded by homes today. As they struggle to provide that voltage anyway, they wear down and become a serious fire hazard. Rewiring your home effectively prevents these problems now and in the future.
Old homes aren’t always the only residences in need of whole home rewiring, either. If your original wiring was unprofessionally or improperly installed, it seems damaged or dangerous, or it simply can’t provide enough voltage for your needs, then whole home rewiring may be the most responsible and cost-effective means of permanently solving the problem.
How can I tell if I need to have my home rewired?
The easiest way is to determine if you have Knob-and-Tube wiring or another outdated system of wiring. Your Knob-and-Tube wiring is a considerable fire hazard, and should be rewired ASAP. If you can’t tell if your home has an outdated wiring system, then find out how old the home itself is. If your home is over 70 years old and contains its original wiring, then that wiring is almost certainly inadequate for your needs. You should replace it via rewiring.
If you’re you’re unsure if your wiring is ineffective or old, determining if it needs to be replaced is a little trickier. Call EarlyBird electricians to inspect your wiring system now. A professional inspection can tell you exactly what’s wrong with your home’s electrical system. We’ll figure out your problem and suggest the most efficient solution.
Why should I rewire my home?
Rewiring your home can be a significant investment, but the major benefits it will have both immediate and long term frequently make it a very wise investment. First and foremost, old, outdated, and obsolete wiring is a significant fire hazard. Replacing your outdated wiring system is a very important way to prevent fires in your home.
There are several reasons to rewire your home beyond safety considerations, too. New wiring is also much more energy efficient and will lower your power bill. New wiring systems can handle and provide more voltage, which will enable you to use more electricity without burning out your outlets and fixtures or tripping your circuits. Rewiring your home can even significantly raise your property values. Whole home rewiring is a significant investment, but it can literally pay off–and then some–in the long run.
How does whole home rewiring work?
EarlyBird’s experts begin a whole home rewiring project with a thorough inspection of your electrical system. This helps us determine what the problem is and how to solve it most effectively. After we’ve determined that we should rewire the whole home, we’ll explain why it’s the right choice and how the process will work for the home in question. We’ll also provide a price quote, explain the permits required, and schedule a time to begin.
The actual rewiring process varies based on the system. EarlyBird attempts to remove as much old wiring as possible while minimizing how much we need to open walls. We also replace the original electrical panel with a new, higher amp upgrade and swap out most outlets and light switches. Many home rewiring projects also involve adding new, additional outlets and switches. The rewiring process is extensive and may take 3 to 10 days.
Can I rewire my home myself?
Probably not. Rewiring is one of the most complex and technical jobs professional electricians do. It involves drafting a comprehensive wire map of your entire home, understanding how each individual component comes together, and how to approach the project in the least obtrusive and safest way possible. This requires extensive training, experience, and expertise. Without this expertise, rewiring projects almost always take longer and cost more money than you could predict.
In addition to safety and expense considerations, there are legal reasons to avoid attempting to rewire your home yourself. Rewiring a home requires following several exacting residential electrical codes and regulations. Failure to comply with these codes could incur significant penalties and fines and even render your system ineffective or dangerous. Overall, we highly recommend getting professional help if you need to rewire your home. We’ll make sure your new wiring is up to code, safe, and effective–the first time.
What should I do if I need to have my home rewired?
Just call 612-843-2473 or get in touch with EarlyBird online right away! We’ll schedule an initial inspection and quote appointment right away, so we can start as soon as possible. Your EarlyBird expert will find the most effective means of rewiring your home to solve your problem for good. Guaranteed.
Whole home rewiring FAQ
Your home’s wiring will probably tell you when you need to seriously consider replacing it. If you have persistent, pervasive problems with your electricity throughout your home, rather than just in one room or another, then your whole wiring system may be struggling to keep up with your demands.