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5 Dangerous Wiring Problems Explained

5 Dangerous Wiring Problems Explained

Technology sure has come a long way in the last few decades. While all of our electronics, appliances, and other gadgets keep getting newer, our home's electrical system is getting older. If your home has any of these wiring problems, you may want to think about calling an electrician — and quick!

  1. Overlamping – When you have older light fixtures, insert light bulbs that match their wattage. Never plug in a light bulb with a higher marked wattage. Otherwise, the bulb will heat up and cause arcing, damaging the socket and wires within. Either match up the bulb wattage correctly or upgrade your older light fixtures.
  2. Flickering Lights – Do your lights ever flicker when it's windy out? The wires from the power line may be fraying at the connection weatherhead on your house. When the frayed wiring become badly damaged, it can start an electrical fire. Contact your utility company to see if they can fix this problem free of charge.
  3. Lack of GCFIs – Does anyone know what a GCFI even is? Well, you should, because a 'ground fault circuit interrupter' will shut down a circuit within 4 milliseconds. Every outlet in a kitchen and bathroom should be replaced with GCFIs in case water comes in contact with them.
  4. Aluminum Wires – Aluminum wiring was widely used in the 1970s and earlier. Unfortunately, aluminum will corrode when it comes in contact with copper wiring. To avoid corroded wiring that will lead to electrical fires, install a dielectric wire nut that can safely connect aluminum and copper wiring.
  5. Loose Receptacles – When your power cords begin falling out of receptacles, it's time to replace them. Cords that are partially plugged in will cause sparks to fly, leading to surrounding wires and wood possibly igniting. Immediately replace loose receptacles so that cords fit snug into the outlets.

A home's electrical system can run into a few different wiring problems — some aren't a big deal, while others can lead to electrical fires. When you need repairs made to your home's electrical system, contact the electricians at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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