In the U.S. we have a number of elegant homes that have been around for a century or longer. For many parts of the southern states, electricity was not available until the 1930’s. Incredibly, the original wiring continues to serve many of these older homes. A well executed electrical job can last a long time, and today’s home is more likely to need upgrades to carry the continually growing electrical load, than to require replacing for other reasons. However, in older homes, especially century old historic homes, safety is the first consideration. Mister Sparky electricians can provide the replacement of dangerous, outdated wiring in your home with electrical repair in Huntsville, AL.
Older homes are in high demand, primarily due their historic status and the fine craftsmanship, elegant style, quality materials and often luxurious details. However, prospective buyers should never assume the electrical system has been updated and is up to code. For all their charm, older home’s may possess hidden damage and hazards not readily recognizable to perspective buyers.
In addition, even if the wiring was in good shape, it is probable that the electrical system is not capable of carrying the high demand of today’s household. Multiple televisions, modern appliances, electronics, all were not part of the household even 50 years ago. Mister Sparky electricians can provide both the electrical repair in Huntsville, AL, and the peace of mind you need.
It is not unusual for purchasers of historic homes to discover the original wiring of knob and tube has never been replaced. Knob and tube wiring lacked a ground, and is unsafe and should be replaced when present.
Older wiring poses a risk of fire, shock and electrocution. Our electricians in Huntsville, AL can inspect your home’s electrical system and tell you if the wiring is outdated, unsafe and in need of replacement.
Hiring a licensed electrician to provide a home inspection on potential purchases is a wise investment. If you are aware of it before the papers are signed you can negotiate new wiring installation, or a discount from the price enabling you to hire your own electrician to provide new wiring. Mister Sparky electricians can provide the electrical repair in Huntsville, AL that your home requires.
A home inspector should never be considered a replacement for electrical, structural or plumbing professionals. They are good for what they know, but a licensed electrician is the best inspector to determine what is in the walls. The inspector is not likely to have the diagnostic and testing equipment that an electrician does, nor the education and knowledge. Only trust the diagnosis and electrical repair in Huntsville, AL to a licensed electrician.
An additional reason to replace knob and tube wiring is you may be required to do so, in order to qualify for homeowner’s insurance.
A growing number of insurance companies are denying coverage for homes that have not upgraded their wiring. In addition, updating your home’s electrical system can greatly increase your home’s resale value. Hiring a licensed electrician to replace outdated electrical systems will enable the home to meet modern code and specifications.
Signs an Older Home Needs Updating
Frayed wiring, loose connections, deteriorated insulation and other issues are not likely to be visible when you are shown houses. If you have purchased a historic home and are having electrical issues, contact Mister Sparky for reliable electrical repair in Huntsville, AL.
Fortunately, there are often signs of an outdated electrical system, including:
- Flickering lights
- Insufficient outlets (extension cords are a good indication)
- A lack of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) outlets in bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor locations
- Signs of overheating on outlets, such as scorch marks and/or an outlet that does not work
- Switches can also bear scorch marks and be nonfunctional
- The odor of hot copper or wire insulation indicate a serious condition and the need for an electrician to provide electrical repair in Huntsville, AL
- Fuse boxes with screw in fuses, rather than a breaker box with circuit breakers are a sure sign of an outdated electrical system
Why the Lights Go Out in Your Older Home
Modern household’s have a far greater need for electricity than homes even 30 years ago. Because of this, the electrical circuits in older homes were not designed for modern needs and are typically overloaded, resulting in a ‘tripped breaker’ or a blown fuse.
The signs of overloaded circuit are typically seen in multiple extension cords and power strips connected to a single outlet. An additional sign is flickering lights or frequently blown light bulbs. You may recognize this even in your modern home, if so, you need to contact an electrician. Overloaded wiring poses the risk of damage to the wire and a fire. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide your home with the electrical services it needs with electrical repair in Huntsville, AL.
Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL have the expertise you require to assure quality electrical inspection, installation and electrical repair in Huntsville, AL for historic homes ot the modern home. You can rely on our electricians and the professional quality of services provided. We guarantee your satisfaction, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region.