Flickering and dimming lights are common in older houses along with the occasional power surge. Outdated electrical wiring can seem like nothing more than an inconvenience. However it can pose a danger to your home and your family. How do you know when it’s time to update your older home’s wiring?.
Here’s what you need to know about old electrical wiring.
- If you have outdated electrical panels this may cause breakers to flip because they can’t handle the load your family demands. It may be time to rewire the electricity.
- Aluminum wiring. While aluminum wiring isn’t bad it’s simply not as good as copper. Aluminum wiring connections loosen over time. It hinders your ability to use power devices as needed and the gaps in the wiring may lead to overheating.
- Knob and tube wiring. Since this type of wiring doesn’t include a ground wire it’s dangerous for appliances that require a three-prong outlet.
- If your home is over 40 years old you should consider rewiring your electrical system.
Look for the warning signs of outdated electrical wiring. If your circuit breakers tripped frequently or vibration and tingling happen when you touch a wall switch, it may be time to consider re-wiring.