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Warning Signs that Your Electrical Wiring is Outdated and Dangerous

September 30, 2015

Warning Signs that Your Electrical Wiring is Outdated and Dangerous

There is a special charm that comes with older houses.  But, when they have been around for a while, certain things like electrical work become old and require updating. The reason it is so important to update electrical work, in particular, is because it can become dangerous and present a huge fire risk when wires and outlets start eroding and malfunctioning.

Here are some signs that your electrical work is outdated and needs repair:

  • Signs of smoke when you use a plug. This is usually due to short circuits. When this happens, unplug all appliances from the outlet right away.
  • Cracked or corroded wires.
  • Wires that are pierced with nails or screws.
  • Fuses and breakers that go out regularly. If your fuses and breakers begin to go out regularly, this means that they are wearing down or becoming overloaded.
  • Having to constantly reset your circuit breakers. This means that your circuits are not functioning well and should be checked by a pro.
  • Outlets and switches have scorch marks. Though they may be cool to the touch, they carry a high risk of electrocution.
  • Lights dimming when you plug in an appliance. This is a sign of overloading.
  • Burning smell. If you smell something that is burning, identify where it is coming from and then immediately call in a professional to address the issue. Electrical fires spread quickly, so it is imperative to fix any hazards right away.
  • Mild shocks. When you try to plug in an appliance and you feel a mild shock, it is a sign you need to replace it. That plug is outdated and may be dangerous.
  • Warm wall outlets. If you feel a warm spot on your wall outlet, you need to have it checked. It is a sign that your wiring is overload or overheating.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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