Checking Electrical Wiring in Older Homes

Checking old home electrical wiring should be a priority if you live in an older home or if you are thinking of buying one.

Do you live in an older home? If so, have you ever had anyone do an electrical wiring safety check?

Having an electrical wiring inspection done may be something that most people who live in older homes might not even think about until they encounter potentially hazardous electrical problems.

Electrical Wiring in Older Homes

If your older home hasn’t been updated to bring your electrical wiring up to code, you may want to consider checking your old home electrical wiring for safety. We highly recommend you evaluate the current state of your home’s electrical system.

Here are three reasons why you may want to consider having an electrical wiring inspection done.

  1. Current electrical demands are a lot higher than when the home was built.
  2. Older knob and tube electrical wiring can be dangerous and should be replaced.
  3. You can protect your home and family by checking the old home electrical wiring to find and address potential fire hazards before they happen.

Home Electrical Demands Are Higher Than Ever

The electrical demand in today’s modern homes is a lot greater thanks to computers, mobile phones, modern appliances, and home entertainment systems. Combined, they all tax the capacity of older electrical wiring found in older homes, include aluminum wiring and knob and tube wiring.

If you regularly experience lights that dim, breakers that keep tripping, or fuses that blow, we recommend checking the size of your breaker panel and they type of electrical wiring in your home. Upgrading them may be necessary. The existing wiring in your home may not be up to code or up to today’s electrical demands and should be addressed immediately.

Old Knob & Tube Wiring Can Be Dangerous

Many older homes are equipped with old knob and tube electrical wiring, especially here in the Fraser Valley area, including Abbotsford, Mission, Aldergrove, Langley, and Chilliwack. Old knob and tube wiring can be a safety hazard and should be replaced immediately.

Our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric can conduct a thorough electrical inspection to eliminate doubt as to the age and safety of the old home electrical wiring.  You should also be aware that your home insurance may become invalid if you have an electrical fire caused by aging and unsafe electrical wiring.

Find Hazards Early to Protect Your Family & Home

Checking electrical wiring in older homes and upgrading them should be completed as soon as possible. During an electrical inspection, you may also discover if there are other ways to ease the electrical load in your older home. Once assessed, your electrical wiring can be updated as needed to bring it up to code. This will ensure you are providing a safe living environment for your family for years to come. See BC Hydro’s page on Home Renovation Rebates.

Still Have Questions About Old Electrical Wiring

Premium Electric services the entire Fraser Valley so if you need an electrician in Chilliwack, or in the surrounding communities of Abbotsford, Mission, LangleySurrey, Maple Ridge, Poco/ Coquitlam, or Burnaby, we are here to help.

Call Premium Electric today at 1-604-308-6195 and have one of our certified electricians determine if your old electrical wiring is compatible with the demands of today’s lifestyle.

Along with checking electrical wiring in older homes, we offer several other related electrical services for including:

We can also be reached by email.

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