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Ways to Tell You Need Work on Your Business’ Wiring


We don’t live in the coal or steam age—all businesses depend on electricity to run. Unfortunately, many businesses aren’t aware that they may have deficient or deteriorating wiring for their facilities until something serious occurs, such as a partial or total power outage or even an electrical fire. 

We know that you want your commercial electrical wiring to be up to code and reliable. Sometimes, this will require calling for service for commercial electrical wiring in Buffalo, NY from our expert electricians. We have more than 25 years of history helping handle the electrical needs of companies in Western New York, and we’re here to deliver the help your company needs. But first, you’ll have to know there’s a problem. In this post, we’ll look at how you can tell you may need professional wiring service for your business. Many of these are situations are emergencies or semi-emergencies, so don’t wait to make the call. We have 24/7 service available. 

Your facility is old enough to have outdated wiring

There are plenty of old business facilities in New York, and not all of them have wiring upgraded to current standards. A common trouble is for facilities built during the 1960s and ‘70s, a period when aluminum wiring was commonly used as a less expensive alternative to copper. Aluminum heats up faster than copper and can lead to electric fires. If your facility is from this era, we strongly recommend an electrical audit to locate aluminum wiring so it can be replaced.

Circuit breakers constantly trip

If it’s started to become so common for breakers to trip at your facility that it’s become a joke along with being an annoyance, call our electricians as soon as possible. Something is seriously wrong in the wiring (or perhaps the electrical panels) that is causing electrical overloads on the circuits. 

Flickering lights

The ambience of flickering lights is only fun in haunted attractions around Halloween. A single flickering light probably means a bad bulb or socket, which is a basic electrical fix. When flickering is occurring in multiple lights at once, it’s a major warning of faulty wiring, power surges, or an electrical system that simply cannot meet the demand placed on it. Get our electricians out ASAP to see what’s happening.

Strange buzzing sounds

The electrical system in any building is supposed to run silently. It’s not like the plumbing! When you notice a buzzing coming from walls or outlets, don’t wait to call for an electrician. 

Acrid odors

Electrical burning odors are distinct—they don’t smell like any other type of burning. If you or employees are noticing these odors in the building, look first for an immediate source (such as a plugged-in appliance). If you cannot tell where the odor is coming from, we recommend shutting off the power to the building and then calling us. 

You can trust that our experienced electricians will locate the trouble and find a solution that will keep your facility up to code and your business running smoothly. 

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