My house has old style wiring - what does this mean?
Homes that were built before the 1960s may experience an outdated wiring system and show problems such as a tripping circuit breaker or a blowing fuse. In houses that experience such problems (regardless of whether the house was constructed before or after the 1960s) it is essential to ensure that the wiring in your home is in good working condition and safe! In any case, let your licensed electrician check the state of your wiring in your home. It is of great importance to check your wiring on a regular basis, especially in older homes, every year or two.
In the 1950s and 1960s wiring was designed for a smaller need for electricity. When the old wiring system tries to handle the huge amount of electrical appliances that we use nowadays it will often become overloaded. An overload can lead to a shutdown or if the wiring is struggling to cope with the amount of appliances it will heat up more and more and increases the risk of a fire in your home.
Nowadays safety standards are far higher than back in the 1950s and 1960s and electrical installations are done differently. Back then, they covered electrical installations primarily in lead and rubber and cables were insulated by rubber or rubber insulated wiring covered in cotton, which all contained in a split metal conduit. As time passes, these systems can become highly dangerous and unsafe!
From an electrical point of view, modern homes are more safe as safety switches are being installed -they limit the chance of electrocution, and also fire within your home. The absence of safety switches, most likely in older homes, increases the risk of electrical shock and fire as a consequence of outdated wiring.
The wiring of your house plays a major role in providing you with the latest convenience and technology in your home.
Are you wondering if the wiring in your home needs replacement?
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