Older Homes Electrical Systems
Electricians for older homes!
If you’re living in an older home, it may be difficult to find an electrician that wants to work on it. They may come and look it at and tell you they will get back with you on a price and you never hear from them again.
It seems that many electricians today don’t want to deal with the headaches that older homes present. There are many challenges when it comes to homes that were built in the seventies and earlier. In the good ole days houses didn’t require much electricity. Homes were wired for basic lighting, refrigeration, and a couple of appliances.
In days long past, a 60 amp electrical service was considered the norm and was sufficient for the homes of that time. These days most homes have a 200 amp / 240 volt electrical service and is considered the standard for an average home.
It’s also important to note that most home insurance requires you to have at least a 150 Amp Electrical service.
Many older homes are still be protected by fuses. While fuses can still be a viable protection method in a home’s electrical system, modern circuit breakers are safer and more convenient in the event of electrical faults. Instead of having to replace a fuse, a circuit breaker simply resets when it is tripped.
If you have an older home, there are other things to consider as well like having a licensed electrician install GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection in wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and the garage.
Another big issue seen in older homes is the prevalent use of "Knob and Tube Wiring" or K&T. This type of wiring which is very prevalent in older homes is a potential hazard and really should be upgraded to newer, safer types of electrical wiring. To learn more about Knob and Tube Wiring, please click here.
These are just a few of the most common issues with older homes electrical systems. If not attended to properly, these systems can cause serious injury, loss of property and loss of life.
We have found that older home electrical systems often get updated in pieces and never quite make it up to today’s standards.
The most important thing to consider is having the electrical professionally inspected and having any repairs, updates or changes performed by professional, licensed electricians...and we can help! Not only can we thoroughly inspect your homes wiring, we can offer recommendations for repairs that fit your budget, from simple fixes, all the way up to whole house rewiring.
Call In Charge Electric today or please request service from our contact page.