The electrical wiring in your home is normally present in every room in the house. 1972 and prior built homes contained wiring which didn’t last as long because it was more susceptible to shorting and wear.
The insulation and other materials are likely degraded if your home is this old and hasn’t had a complete rewiring. Regardless of the material, the wiring will eventually need repairs, especially at any point where it connects to something such as outlets, fixtures, or switches.
When electrical wires start to get old, the first problems are usually seen at a point where it connects to something. Common problems include the expansion and contraction of the electrical wiring material over time. Eventually, the connections can become loose and will then need repair. But it’s not always easy to know when something goes wrong.
The problem with electrical wiring is that it is not easily accessible. It runs inside the walls and ceilings of your home. Power then runs through the wire and is controlled by the panel box where your circuit breakers are located. The other side of the wire runs to outlets or fixtures.
Signs Your Wiring Needs To Be Repaired
One sure sign that your outlet wiring needs repair is if you plug something in and it doesn’t fit snugly or it won’t go in all the way. This is a dangerous situation and the outlet should be repaired right away. Electricity can arc from the wiring to you, causing electrical shock. The outlet can also send a surge of power that will short out anything plugged in at the time.
If your lights are flickering when you use the microwave or sometimes won’t respond when you flip the switch, this is another sure sign the wiring is getting old and needs repair. There are times when it’s so old it has to be completely replaced throughout the house. This happens when the insulation that protects each wire deteriorates. Most of the time, there is a simple explanation for this but either way, you will want to have someone qualified to take a look at the problem.
Sometimes the problem can be with a fixture or the item you are trying to plug in. If it’s a fixture that is permanently attached to the home, you will want to have it repaired or replaced. Be sure you check the simple things first such as replacing a light bulb and checking for a tripped breaker.
One time, a lady was at home and heard a loud pop. She went outside to the air conditioner where she thought it came from and the breaker to the unit was black and smoking. Any strange noises or smells warrant a call to an electrician. It is not worth having a house fire due to dangerous wiring. The lady had an electrician check the damage so she found out that the entire circuit had been fried by ants crawling around in the outside A/C breaker box.
An Electrical Inspection Will Protect Your Family & Home Investment
Your breakers help prevent too much power from going through the wiring. If the main power surge occurs in your home and is sent through your outside power line, you could have significant wire damage and not even know why it happened. There are many reasons why a breaker will fail. One of the most common is that the panel has never been updated so the system can’t keep up with the modern family’s demand.
It is recommended that you have an electrical inspection done at least once a year. This will ensure that everything is in working order and not
Licensed Electricians For Electrical Repairs In New Haven
Anytime you need your electrical wiring fixed or repaired, you need to have a licensed and insured professional electrical contractor do the work. This way, everyone who lives in or visits your home will be safer. House fires are most often caused by faulty wiring.
Electrical Services Group, LLC would love to assist you if you are a home or business owner in New Haven. We can take care of the electrical inspections or any electrical repairs you need.