Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Why You Should Replace Knob And Tube Wiring

There are a number of reasons why you as a homeowner, should consider removing your knob and tube wiring from your home. The first and most obvious reason is age. These systems are seventy years old or older. After decades of running electricity through your home, the wires can become very brittle, possibly breaking, interupting power. Another concerned is that the solders that connected the wires together can also start to come loose, interupting power as well. The worse case scenario is an electrical fire starting behind the walls of your home as a result of arcing.

Energy efficiency is yet another reason to replace your knob and tube wiring. When current runs through your wires, it generates heat. That heat is disappated into the dead air space between your walls and above your ceiling. That means your walls are most likely uninsulated, costing you hundreds of dollars annually in lost heating and cooling dollars as a result. Modern wiring still generates heat, but it is disapatd through the three wires running through the insulated cable. So by rewiring your home, you can now more effectively insulate your walls and attic. This will not only make your home more energy efficient, but also more comfortable during the year.
One thing that really annoys our customers that live in older homes is the lack of outlets. Let’s face it, we have more electrical appliances than was ever imagined seventy years ago. Now we have multiple televisions, computers, tablets, cell phone chargers, pvr players, stereos, cable tv boxes, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, and so much, much more. Let’s face it, your original knob and tube wiring was not meant to take such a power demand. Also because you have a shortgae of outlets, you find yourself running extension cords and power bars to satisfy the electrical demand of today’s modern living. By having Powertec Electric come in and remove your knob and tube wiring and then rewire your home, we can increase your service as well as install more outlets and switches in you home. This way your home is safer as you are no longer overloading your electrical system and running extension cords all over the place.
Finally, the biggest reason to remove knob and tube wiring are Manitoba’s insurance companies. Many are simply refusing to insure homes with knob and tube wiring, as they believe your home poses a higher risk to fire loss. Many times an insurance company will give you a very tight deadline to comply or your insurance will be cancelled. As a homeowner it puts you in a bad position as almost all mortgages require insurance to be placed on the property. So it is better to replace the knob and tube wiring in your home before you need to. If nothing else, when it comes time to sell your home, you will most likely be able to command a higher price as a result of having updated wiring. It also eliminates updated wiring as a condition in the offer to purchase your home.
Now that you know what knob and tube wiring is, and why you should have it replaced, call Powertec Electric now at 204-896-3446 to get started.  we have done so many knob and tube removal jobs that we are now specialize in this area of electrical work. That means we can get it done, quickly and efficiently, saving you money. We even made it easy and affordable to rewire your home with financing available through Crelogix. With easy affordable monthly payments, plus a higher resale value for your safer and insurable home, there is no reason why you should put off replacing your knob and tube wiring.

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