Retrofitting Electricians in Round Rock & Austin, TX

Living in an older home or running your business from an outdated building can be a blessing and a curse. Sure, the place may have some real character and history that you can’t find anywhere else, but with that comes old-fashioned and potentially dangerous electrical systems.

Luckily, electrical systems are a lot like the rooms where they provide lightingthey can be revised. Just as you might add or change things related to a property’s overall design, you can retrofit your building’s electrical components. 

Retrofitting is the process of adding or modifying electrical equipment rather than completely replacing it. Not only is this option usually very budget-friendly, but it also can save home and business owners time and stress.

And while it might not be possible in all situations, electrical contractors like those at SALT Light & Electric can help you determine when retrofitting works and when you’re better off completely replacing a component.

What Can Be Retrofitted?

Sometimes, retrofitting is as simple as replacing an old, standard lightbulb with an LED one. Other times, it requires a lot more know-how and expertise. Some examples of retrofitting that require the knowledge and experience of trained electricians include:

  • Circuit breakers
  • Electrical panel upgrade
  • Switch gears
  • Lighting systems
  • HVAC components
  • Rewiring

Retrofitting is basically recycling in the world of electric systems, so whatever components electricians can safely reuse in these situations, they do. However, the electricians at SALT Light & Electric would never prioritize saving a few bucks over your safety. We only retrofit when it complies with industry standards and benefits you.

Some common examples of retrofitting include adding smart meters to your home or business’s water and electrical meters to monitor and adjust consumption closely, LED lighting for remodels, and reusing viable electrical parts in another part of a remodel project.

When Should Something Be Replaced?

As mentioned, retrofitting is not a one-size-fits-all solution to cutting costs and saving time. If any of your home or business’s electrical components could cause issues by being retrofitted, we will recommend replacement instead. An electrical system or part should be replaced if:

  • Spare parts needed for a retrofit are not available
  • The electrical component no longer passes code, even when retrofitted
  • Retrofitting is not the most cost-effective solution.

The technicians at SALT Light & Electric can determine when a retrofit is viable and when replacement is best. We will always keep your budget and desires in mind and provide you with the safest, securest electric system possible.

What Are the Benefits of Retrofitting?

Because retrofitting is possible in many cases, it is a common solution to electrical issues. For example, perhaps your older home’s heating system isn’t responding as well as it used to when you adjust the temperature. In that case, fitting it with a new smart thermostat could make all the difference and prevent the need for upgrading the entire system.

Depending on what type of retrofitting your property can utilize, there are various advantages to this process.

Maintenance

Work that has been correctly retrofitted often requires less maintenance, or at the very least faster maintenance, because the system is updated and easy to use.

Safety

Retrofitting options like rewiring create safer environments for occupants as they prevent failures or other possible issues obsolete parts could pose.

Reliability

Electrical components that have been retrofitted become more reliable because they include the latest technology and parts, which also help with their efficiency and safety.

Convenience

A lot of retrofitting can include the addition of smart technology, making your life easier and more streamlined.

Budget

Retrofitting is often the most affordable option as it uses fewer materials, requires less labor, and lasts longer.

Environmentally Friendly Systems

Reducing energy usage, improving efficiency, and prioritizing the planet all occur naturally in the retrofitting process.

The technicians at SALT Light & Electric understand the value of keeping your electrical services on budget and finding ways to help the planet in the process. We will not waste your money or resources and recycle parts wherever feasible.

Reasons to Choose SALT

If you search for “electrician near me” and call the first company that pops up, you may end up regretting it. Unless, of course, that company is SALT Light & Electric! We have been in the business for over 35 years and know our way around new installations, retrofits, and repairs.

You can trust our electricians’ training and expertise because we wouldn’t put them out in the field if they weren’t capable. We are happy to service Austin, TX, and the surrounding Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and Georgetown communities.

We can provide you with a free energy-saving audit to determine how retrofitting could work for your home or business. Get in touch at (512) 956-7842 or complete an online request form for any needed electrical services.