Although many potential buyers are interested in newer builds, for some, there’s just something special about an older home. The craftsmanship you often find in a historic household is unlike anything being done today. If you buy the right older home, you know that your house will be full of unique charm.
Unfortunately, that unique charm can also come with a unique set of problems — especially when it comes to your residential electrical system. Although new residential electrical problems might be an easy fix, issues in older homes require the specialty services of a highly experienced electrician. If you’re wondering about some of the typical home maintenance problems you might face, here are five of the most common electrical issues in older homes:
- Dead outlets
Though dead outlets are common in homes of any age, they’re much more prevalent in older homes. If you’ve ever had to reset your breakers, you may have been left with a dead connection on one end. Some old homes may actually have more than one electrical panel. You may not even know what one or two of the switches in your home does! If you’ve found a dead outlet, you shouldn’t fool around with it yourself. Instead, you’ll want a great electrician to tackle the problem.
- Flickering bulbs
If bulbs are flickering, dimming, or have a big difference in brightness from room to room, a poor connection is probably to blame. This is more than just an annoyance. A bad connection can disrupt your life and cause you to go through more light bulbs than necessary. It’s important to identify the source of the problem, which is often beyond the capabilities of the homeowner. You’ll want to use a residential electrical expert to rule out other issues and stop the problem from reoccurring.
- Insubstantial power
To put it plainly, older homes simply didn’t require the electrical power we need today. If your home is quite old, certain codes didn’t require builders and electricians to equip your house with more power than necessary. Because codes and needs evolve over time, you may find that the load of electricity you need to go about your day just isn’t possible with how your home’s electrical system is set up. If you notice that the lights dim when you turn on an appliance, you should call us to take a look and address your additional electrical needs.
- DIY disasters
Many times, homeowners will take on projects they have no business doing alone. This is especially true in older homes, which generally have numerous owners and more issues than new homes. This isn’t true of just electrical problems, either. Some owners of old homes will attempt to fix their plumbing issues and will mess things up big time. Copper piping — which has been used for more than 80 years — is a strong material and original lines can remain in use for a long time. But if an owner has loused things up, you need to call in a skilled plumber to fix these issues. The same can be said for electrical wiring. If you notice something is off with your new old home, a DIY project gone wrong may be a likely cause. To be on the safe side, you should get a thorough inspection for all residential electrical and plumbing long before moving day.
- Old wiring
You may not realize it, but just having older wiring can cause problems. Insulation can wear down or fall victim to the elements or animal activity over time. When wire insulation is weakened, you can get all sorts of issues. A fire could even start in your walls without you ever knowing it (until it’s too late). If you have an older home, you need to take extra precautions for the sake of your own safety. Call in an experienced electrician to inspect all wiring and identify potential problems before they turn into a disaster.
If you need the best electrician Fargo has to offer, look no further. Contact us today to inspect and correct all of your electricity issues.