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Can (And Should) You Rewire Your Mobile Home?

by Celina Simpson

Whether you've recently purchased a vintage mobile home with aluminum wiring or non-grounded outlets or are dealing with electrical damage to your newer mobile home, you may be wondering whether it's worth the cost to have your home professionally rewired or to simply change a few outlets yourself. While the prospect of saving some cash on home repairs is usually a good one, amateur electrical work has a great deal of potential downside you'll need to consider when making your decision. Read on to learn more about when you may be able to perform these repairs yourself, as well as when you'll need to enlist the help of a professional.

When should you have your mobile home completely rewired?

There are a few situations in which your existing wiring structure may be dangerous if not repaired or replaced. Bare or damaged wires can potentially spark when they come into contact with debris (even something as small as a piece of lint), leading to fire. Aluminum wires (common in some older mobile homes) can also be a potential fire hazard if not replaced. In some situations, these potentially dangerous conditions may give off red flags like warm light switches or even hot patches on the interior walls.

However, not all electrical issues will require a full rewiring of your home. If your switches don't have a ground wire but your home's electrical system is otherwise safe and structurally sound, you may be able to simply add a ground wire to these switches without having to remove or replace your entire electrical system. In other cases, a frequently-used or heavily-used outlet (like a kitchen or bathroom one) may not be equipped to stand up to the heavy loads placed on it by a toaster or hair dryer. Adding heavier-gauge wire to this outlet -- or even creating an extra outlet in this room -- can help prevent blown fuses and premature wear and tear on the outlet.

Those unsure of the extent to which current outlets or other wiring will need to be replaced should consult an electrician. For the relatively low cost of a short visit and inspection, you'll have a clear picture of all the potential (and actual) problems with your electrical system and the repairs that may be necessary. An electrician will also be able to provide you with information on obtaining permits or inspections from your city or county's building authority -- performing certain types of electrical work without obtaining the proper permits and having your project inspected at certain points could make it difficult to sell your home later (or even put you in danger if you've made a mistake during the wiring project).

Should you perform this electrical work yourself or hire an electrician?

If you're willing to watch a few online tutorial videos and have some basic tools, you may be able to perform some of the more minor wiring projects yourself. Grounding existing outlets is one of the easier electrical projects you can perform, and usually won't require you to obtain any permits from your local building authority before undergoing construction. If this is the only repair your home needs, it's unlikely you'll need to enlist outside assistance.

However, a partial or total rewiring of your mobile home will usually require the expertise and specialized tools of a licensed electrician from a company like Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. While this prospect can be more expensive than a DIY project, you'll have the security of knowing the project is done right. And because rewiring can be a messy and invasive process, having a professional with years of experience performing it can ensure you have your home back well ahead of schedule.