Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is outdated wiring dangerous?
Outdated wiring can be dangerous for many reasons, but the main reason to upgrade your wiring is due to quickly advancing technology. The demand for electricity has increased significantly over the years, causing heavier electrical loads on average as stronger electrical devices and appliances pull more. With how quickly technology changes these days, older wiring systems have become obsolete and incompatible. Placing strain on older wiring systems is a fire hazard, so it’s much safer to have it upgraded as soon as possible.
The older a wiring system is, the more likely it has compounded damage and worn down, especially without regular inspection and maintenance. Systems like knob and tube wiring, too, tend not to have an electrical ground, which is required now for safety.
What is another form of wiring considered to be outdated?
Other than knob and tube wiring, aluminum wiring was used in homes back when copper prices were still too expensive to be considered for regular use en masse. From the 1960s to 1970s, aluminum wiring became popular for its affordability and cost effectiveness, as well as its malleability. However, since aluminum is so soft, wiring can fray or become loose over time and must be inspected and maintained every 3-5 years. Upgrading to copper wiring today is a safer alternative.
What can faulty wiring consist of?
Faulty wiring includes improper connections. This can include work done by unlicensed individuals. Since wiring is often thought of as a simple and accessible system, homeowners can believe that it’s better to alter wiring on their own. However, this can end up greatly compromising safety as improper connections and splices can occur.
Renovations or changes to the home can also be a contributing factor, including adding insulation to wall cavities. If you still have knob and tube wiring, doing this or simply covering them up can lead to your wiring overheating, which is incredibly dangerous. Faulty wiring should be corrected as soon as possible.