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Written by John Mullen

Old Electrical Wiring Pose Safety Hazards

Do you live in an old house? If your home was built more than four decades ago, you should considering having your old electrical wiring checked and replaced for your own safety.

Why You Should Update Your Home’s Wiring

Old wiring may not be inherently dangerous but there are certain issues with having an old wiring system in your home. For one, you cannot be sure if the electrical system is still up to code. The materials used such as the wire insulation can also deteriorate over time.

Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of residential fires and the older your house is, the higher the odds that its wiring is outdated or unsafe. If you are not sure about the condition of your wiring, consider paying a licensed electrician to inspect your electrical system.

Some houses that were built between the 1960s and the early 1970s use aluminum wiring instead of the standard copper wire. Aluminum wiring is a safety hazard since the wiring connections may loosen up over time. Gaps between the wiring and the connectors can cause overheating and even fires, particularly when lighting fixtures and appliances are plugged into them.

The addition of copper connectors known as pigtails at circuit breakers and receptacles may help resolve potential problems involving aluminum wiring. Upgrading the receptacles and wall switches can also help prevent problems.

Besides safety, another reason to replace old wiring is that some insurance companies may refuse to ensure properties with older electrical systems. They may also insist on owners paying higher premiums, which could prove more costly in the long run.

How To Tell If You Have Outdated Wiring

If your house was built before you were born, chances are you have outdated wiring with potential safety hazards. Some signs that indicate problems with your wiring include breakers tripping and fuses blowing up regularly; as well as tingling sensations when you touch an appliance, receptacle or wall switch.

Dimming, flickering lights and discolored outlets and switch plates that are warm to the touch also indicate outdated and old wiring.

Fixing And Replacing Old Electrical Wiring

You will need a professional to fix and replace your home’s old electrical wiring. Our experienced electricians at J.M. Mullen Electric can perform all of the required electrical services. Please contact us to obtain a free proposal.