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Recently Bought an Older Home? 3 Essential Electrical Upgrades

If your home has an outdated electrical system, upgrading its electrical components keeps your family and property well protected. Harrison Electric details upgrades that are worth the investment.

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5 Signs It's Time for an Outlet Upgrade

Have your electrical outlets been acting strange? The residential electricians at Harrison Electric detail five common signs that it’s time for an outlet replacement.

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Do You Need More Outlets To Keep Up With Modern Technology?

Do you find yourself frequently searching for an open outlet around the house? Do you rely on power strips or surge protectors to meet your increasing electrical demands? If that sounds like you, there’s a definite chance you’re putting your home and safety at risk by overloading your existing outlets. At Harrison Electric, we know electrical demand is increasing at a breakneck pace, and we’re here to help you keep your home and family safe amid your growing power needs. When it comes to electricity, periodic upgrades are necessary to maintain system safety and efficiency, so if you lack outlets, here’s why you should seriously consider electrical upgrades:

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Watch for These 4 Common Winter Electrical Dangers

Did you know winter is the worst time of year for residential electrical fires? It's true—increased electrical demand during the winter months creates a variety of electrical hazards that many homeowners may not be aware of. At Harrison Electric, we're here to help you protect your home and family from dangerous electrical installation, improper use, and outdated electrical systems. To help you recognize where these common hazards occur, we've put together this brief guide. If any of the following situations sound familiar, it's time to contact us for upgrades.

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Does Your Home Have Aluminum Wiring? Here’s Why You Need to Replace It

If you own an older home, there’s a good chance it contains aluminum wiring. Decades ago, aluminum was the wiring material of choice due to rising supply costs and mounting economic strain. Both electricians and homeowners quickly realized, however, that aluminum wiring was not only inefficient but could also be downright dangerous. If you still have aluminum wiring in your home, the experts at Harrison Electric discuss why you should have it replaced as soon as possible.

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Why DIY Electrical Work is Downright Dangerous

Thinking about doing your own wiring to save yourself a few bucks? Think again. Do-it-yourself wiring is not only dangerous, it can actually cost you more money than you realize if you don’t do it properly. If you’re not a trained electrician, step away from the wiring, and call a professional. Sure, with the advent of DIY Youtube videos and tutorials online, you may think electrical wiring is a piece of cake; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The safety of your entire home and family is at stake when you attempt to install or repair your home’s wiring—mistakes are simply not an option. Here to explain why you should never wire your own house are the professionals at Harrison Electric.

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Electrical Outlets: The Dangers of Overloading Your Sockets

The modern home has dozens of items plugged into wall sockets at any given time. Think about it for a moment: phone chargers, televisions, gaming systems, household appliances, lamps—it seems just about everything has a plug or a charger these days. And when you plug too many things into an outlet at once, you create a hazard for your home and family. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, overloaded sockets are responsible for over 5,000 residential fires annually! If you don’t want to join that statistic, our electricians at Harrison Electric are here to give you a few tips to keep your household safe.

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Electrical Service Upgrades For Home Renovations

If you’re thinking about doing a home renovation, you should also consider upgrading your home’s electrical components, as well. If you are adding a bedroom, a bathroom, or upgrading a kitchen, you are probably going to need some new outlets and perhaps lighting fixtures. You may want to add some ceiling fans as part of the project. There may be some special needs, as well, like adding the right electrical power for an appliance such as an electric clothes dryer.

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Add New Outlets to Meet Your Expanding Needs

Have you recently rearranged your bedroom and found there isn’t an outlet on the wall where your TV is located? Have you noticed there isn’t enough outlet space in your bathroom each morning? Whether you’ve owned your home for 25 years or have recently purchased, you will typically find that certain elements need to be updated for practical and convenient reasons. This includes the number of electrical outlets in the home.

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The Steps Involved in Adding an Electrical Outlet

An outlet may not always be where you need it to be. When this happens, you may have to rearrange your space so you have access to an existing outlet or use an extension cord. The final option is to add a new outlet to the space where you want it. It’s always wise to leave all electrical work to a trained electrician. Here are the steps an electrical contractor follows when adding a new electrical outlet to your home:

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