Bringing New Electronics Home? Check Your Wiring!

Posted on: 8 March 2017

If you're a tech enthusiast or just treating yourself to a much-deserved new TV or home theater system, there's a lot of expensive electronic components to deal with. These devices are complex—which is why you're paying sometimes thousands of dollars for plastics and resins worth a few dollars—and can be ruined if not handled properly.

In addition to incorrect installation, your home could pose a significant threat to electronics safety. To avoid having to pay for replacements or fight through warranties because of weird electrical damage, here is some electrical repair and upgrade information for any home.

Wire Inspection And Repair

A lot of the electrical problems that could damage your electronics are behind the walls, and you may not even know you have a problem. Out of sight, out of mind as the saying goes; some severe damage could be happening, but as long as there isn't any dust to ignite or complete separation of wires, you won't know until a particularly powerful device is hooked up.

Electrical wires have gone through amazing changes over the past hundred years have delivered new ways of doing things and better materials. If your home is over a decade old, there are also some damage sources that could have ruined things slowly, but surely.

The electricity that runs through your home electrical wiring is a source of heat. Copper used for wiring is selected and formed specifically to handle decades of that heat, but the heat will eventually make the wiring brittle. In a perfect world, your wiring may last for a century, but unexpected boosts in damage from electrical storms, corrosion-causing humidity, or gnawing pests can change that.

To find these problems before your expensive new purchases are connected, turned on, then damaged from constant power flickering when you least expect it, an electrical contractor can perform a survey and repair. These problems are better handled before a bigger, more expensive problem occurs. It's easier to swap out a few sections of bad wiring than wait for damage to spread from a sudden electrical surge or even a fire.

Upgrades For Better Item Placement

One of the great annoyances of modern living is finding the right place to put furniture and electronics. The perfect place for a television might not be great for a dresser, desk, or entertainment set. The acoustics may be perfect in a specific spot, but your speaker system may need a lot of awkward extension cables to make the placement work.

Instead of living under the tyranny of power outlet location versus home decor aesthetics, an electrician can give you the outlets you need in the places you'd prefer. If you don't know where you need to place outlets, contractors can even help you with ideal placement as long as they have an idea of what you're trying to do.

Another problem is surge protector/outlet strip use. There are times where many devices are best in one place, but using multiple surge protectors can put additional burden on a single outlet and specific wires—leading to faster heat generation and wear and tear, the same as discussed in the previous section.

An electrician can help by preparing a wiring layout that spreads the burden of electricity. To get an idea of how this would work for your home, or to schedule other inspections or upgrades, contact an electrical contractor like those found at Royal Plus Electric.