Why Your Home Needs an Electrical Inspection

October is fire prevention month and the perfect time to schedule an electrical system inspection in your Midwest home.

Midwest Air Pros can help you find a licensed electrician to inspect your wiring, electrical panel, outlets, and switches to help keep you safe from electrical system failures and fires.

A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) study found that an estimated 46,700 home fires involved electrical failure or malfunction every year from 2015 to 2019. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for 32,620 home fires every year during that same five-year period.

The organization says 30 percent of fires sparked by electrical failure or malfunction occurred from November through February. It also warns that aging residential electrical systems that cannot accommodate modern appliances can lead to overloaded circuits and fires.

Getting Professional Help

If you plan to build an addition to your home, add more electrical appliances, including a heat pump, or install an EV charging port in your garage, consult with a professional about your electrical system’s ability to handle the additional demand.

Even if you are not planning additional electricity use, consider inspecting your electrical system for wear and tear, defective wiring, and other issues, especially if you own an older house. 

Start your search for an electrician with us at Midwest Air Pros. We maintain a network of HVAC companies, including many with electrical expertise. Choose professionals in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Click Find A Pro to get started. 

Benefits of an Electrical Inspection

  • Safety, fire and electric shock prevention, and system overload or breakdown are primary reasons to schedule an inspection.
  • Professional guidance is invaluable. Ask your electrician any questions about your electrical system, potential upgrades, and energy-saving tips. 
  • An electrical inspection reveals worn or damaged components and identifies potential issues that are minor now but could become dangerous or costly problems if left unaddressed. 
  • An electrician can tell you if your electric panel and wiring can handle added electrical demand. You will learn if you need upgrades before purchasing new appliances or a heat pump. 
  • An inspection can expose amateur work that does not comply with the electrical code. If previous homeowners cut corners with do-it-yourself electrical work, you want to be sure it is safe and up to code. 
  • Ask your electrician if you should upgrade the original fixtures and outlets in your older home.   

What Is Involved in an Inspection?

An inspection will focus on your electrical panel, its circuit breakers and wiring, switches, outlets, and wiring throughout your home, along with outdoor electrical access points. Your electrician will identify areas that do not meet current electrical codes and may recommend upgrades. 

It is the perfect time to talk about installing new ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in your kitchen and bathroom and other areas where outlets are near water use. 

Check Our Midwest Air Pros Directory

Let Midwest Air Pros help you find a qualified, licensed electrician to inspect and maintain the electrical system in your home. Our network of HVAC companies serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Find a company with electrical expertise near you. Click our Find A Pro link.