Some eschew amenities in a modern home for the warmer feel of an older home. While that Victorian home evokes a bygone era, it may also come with some unusual electrical problems. It is important to understand the potential electrical challenges you may be dealing with in an older home.
Many modern devices may put a strain on the electrical system of an older home. Outlets with signs of scorch marks are an indicator of electrical wiring issues.
Flickering Lights When Windy?
Do your lights flicker when it’s windy? This flicker is probably the result of a short in the circuit when the cables in the home’s weatherhead are jostled by the wind. The frayed wires have the potential to arc and cause a fire. This is something that should be looked at and corrected right away.
Some older homes don’t have GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters) in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. A GFCI closes the circuit in 4 milliseconds, before a dangerous shock can occur. Most modern electrical codes require a GFCI within 4 feet of any sink and on all outdoor, basement and garage outlets. GFCIs should be installed in these areas to meet code and to protect your family.
Many electrical repairs made in the 60s or 70s or homes constructed during this period may have been built with aluminum wiring. Over time, aluminum corrodes when connecting with copper. As the aluminum corrodes, connections may loosen and a potential for a fire will be created.
If you have any questions or would like for an experience Allen Electrical electrician to help you with an electrical problem, contact us today at 502.636.4357.