Whole House Electrical Upgrade

Santa Barbara Electrical Upgrade Contractors

Whole-house rewiring is an upgrade that's aimed at ensuring your outlets are safe and the system delivers adequate power where it's needed. Our experienced Santa Barbara electrical upgrade contractors will also see to it that your home meets all appropriate safety codes. 

Signs You Need an Electrical Upgrade

There are several signs that indicate it's time for a home to have its wiring and panels upgraded: 

The Breakers Trip

If your circuit breakers constantly trip or fuses blow frequently, it may be a sign that your electrical system is overloaded or outdated. This can pose a fire hazard and should be addressed promptly.

Fuse Boxes

Fuse boxes are outdated and less efficient than modern circuit breaker panels. Upgrading not only improves safety but also allows for easier troubleshooting of your electrical system.

Strange Sounds

If there are odd sounds coming from the breaker box—most notably buzzing or crackling--it could mean that there is an issue with the electrical connections or components. 

Strange Smells

A burning smell coming from the breaker box, or melted wires and scorch marks, are all clear indications of a serious electrical problem.

Excessive Use of Extension Cords

This suggests that there are not enough outlets or that the existing outlets are not in convenient locations. Relying on extension cords can be a safety hazard and is not a sustainable solution for the long term.

Major Home Changes

If there have been major home improvements—including the addition of significant new appliances--that could strain the existing electrical system. Upgrading is aimed at handling the increased demand and preventing both power outages and electrical fires. 

2-Pronged Outlets

If a home has ungrounded, two-prong outlets, it is a strong indication that the electrical system is outdated and potentially unsafe. Ungrounded outlets lack the necessary safety features to protect against electrical shocks and can pose a serious risk.

Aging Properties

Homes that are anywhere from 20-40 years old or beyond,  often have outdated electrical systems that may not meet the demands of modern appliances and devices. 

Recognizing these signs and taking appropriate action is crucial for the safety, efficiency, and reliability of a home. 

Laughlin Electric's service area extends out of Santa Barbara and into Montecito, Goleta, and the surrounding areas. Put our 30-plus years of experience on your side by calling (805) 590-2222 or by reaching out here online for an estimate.

Hear From Our Happy Customers

Reviews & Testimonials

At Laughlin Electric, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "Thumbs up all the way."

    We used Laughlin Electric to install StarLink satellite and assemble the wiring in a neat and efficient manner. I cannot say enough about these men who are friendly, polite, and well-educated in their field. We will use them again in the future!

    - Cynthi B.
    "Incredibly professional, courteous, and knowledgeable!"

    We called Laughlin for an urgent electrical issue that had left half of our kitchen nonfunctional. They came within a couple of hours, right at the promised time. Lucas was incredibly professional, courteous, and knowledgeable and quickly fixed our problem

    - Zadok S.
    "Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient!"

    The technicians were both very professional, knowledgeable, and efficient while being very nice, clean, and organized inside our home. I’ve had several electricians in the past and these were the most experienced I’ve seen by far.

    - Heather W.
    "I found my new go-to electrician with Laughlin."

    Laughlin sent Kurt out to add an outlet for my detached garage. He went above and beyond, explaining every aspect of his work to me. He even helped me find a new Tesla charger to install.

    - Antonio A.
    "Professional, efficient, and knowledgeable."

    Eamon at Laughlin Electric routed new ethernet cables in our house. He was professional, efficient, and knowledgeable. Now our bedroom looks a lot less cluttered and organized with our new cables. Thanks for all your help!

    - Nicole G.
    "The work was completed efficiently and the price was fair."

    We called Laughlin Electric to have power run to our motor home. They responded quickly and sent an amazing tech, Andy Hanson. Andy was very friendly and professional. The work was completed efficiently and the price was fair.

    - Savannah F.
    "Their customer focus is spot on!"

    The Laughlin team are exceptional at what they do the dedication to excellence and job completion is second to none. I have hired multiple companies over the years and their customer focus is spot on.

    - Tim M.
    "The whole experience was a good one."

    I had a great experience with Laughlin Electric. They arrived right on time and we discussed the issues I wanted solved. I received an estimate and agreed to the work which was done immediately. Highly recommend this service.

    - Helena B.

The Benefits of an Electrical Upgrade

Perhaps the biggest benefit of a whole-house upgrade is what was consistently alluded to in the signs homeowners must be aware of—improved safety. Outdated electrical systems can pose various risks, including shocks, fires, and other hazards. Upgrading an electrical system ensures that it meets current safety standards, with properly installed wiring, grounded outlets, and circuit breakers designed to protect against overloads.

Other benefits include: 


An upgrade provides the capacity and infrastructure needed to power appliances, electronics, and other devices efficiently. This means fewer power interruptions, improved reliability, and the ability to use multiple devices simultaneously without overloading circuits.

Energy Efficiency 

An electrical upgrade can include the installation of energy-efficient lighting systems, smart thermostats, and energy-saving appliances. These upgrades help reduce energy consumption, lower utility bills, and represent an immediate return on investment for a homeowner. 

Improved Resale Value

Prospective buyers often appreciate updated electrical systems as it gives them peace of mind knowing that they won't have to invest in costly upgrades themselves. The possibility of a higher resale price is the long-term return on investment and may well exceed the upfront costs of the upgrade. 


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