What might be signs of an electrical system that needs repairs or upgrades? There are a few things that you might notice that will let you know that it is time to consult an electrician to take a look at it.
One obvious problem is if you notice lights dimming when turning on an appliance. This is a sign that a circuit is overloaded. You might be able to remedy this by moving large appliances to a different circuit, but it could be that you need to upgrade the circuit and wiring. If you have circuit breakers that constantly pop, this could be caused by the same issue, but it could also be from an appliance that is malfunctioning and short circuiting. You could experiment and see if it doesn’t occur when an appliance is unplugged. If this is the case, replace the appliance or have it repaired by a professional as soon as possible.
If you often experience power outages and brownouts, you should check with your neighbors if they are experiencing the same. If that is the case, the problem is most likely the power grid where you live, but if not, you should consult an electrician, since you likely have a serious problem.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL