Updating old wiring
In some situations, the wiring will need to be entirely replaced.
To fix the problem, your electrician may place copper connectors (sometimes called pigtails) on the receptacles and circuit breakers.
While not cheap, updating your circuit panel will give you more amperage to run power-sucking devices like air conditioners, computers and other modern electronics, in addition to protecting you from the risk of electrical failure and even fires, among other hazards.
Our house was built in 1952, and the circuit panel was installed along with a 1980 addition, so I’m thinking I need to get an electrician out to inspect it in the near future.
While writing this post, I learned a lot about when and how to update my electrical system, but the two main takeaways are that I definitely need some electrical work done on my house and that I can’t do this type of work by myself.
I just don’t have the necessary skills and experience to take on that project.