Many homeowners assume they only need to replace light switches when they stop working. However, you may need to replace or upgrade switches if they become dirty or outdated. It is also beneficial to replace older switches when trying to make your home more efficient or trying to sell it. Learn more about when you should replace light switches in your home by reading on below.
How Long Do Light Switches Last?
Residential light switches can last for decades, however, it’s always important to occasionally inspect them. They can wear out because of their frequent use. If you flip a switch and a light doesn’t immediately turn on, it may be time to replace it. Most importantly, if sparks shoot out of a light switch, then turn off that circuit at the breaker and call an electrician. A light switch that gives off sparks is a fire and shock hazard and should be replaced immediately.
Why Should Switches Be Replaced If They Are Still Working?
One reason to replace a light switch is better functionality. Upgrade an older light switch to one with better features. For example, you may wish to upgrade to include a dimmer, combination, occupancy sensing, or other types of smart switches for increased convenience, comfort, and efficiency. Of course, the most significant reason to replace an older switch is to avoid potential fires from old or faulty wiring. Plus, if you do not have ground-fault interrupter receptacles in areas of water use, you should replace these and protect against electrical shock.
When you need to replace light switches, it is always best to hire an experienced technician. If you are looking for residential electrical service Eldersburg, contact Tim Kyle Electric. No job is too small. We give 100% to every light bulb change, just as we do to a remodeling or rewiring project. Plus we use only high-quality, contractor-grade materials. We expect you to be 100% delighted! And we’re confident you will be.