How to Determine if Your Home Needs an Electrical Wiring Check

Longevity and safety of a home rest in no small degree on its wiring, which is why homeowners may need electrical services in Cincinnati if they experience anything out-of-the ordinary. Neglecting old wiring and appliances could put you at risk for an unpleasant surprise at best, and a major loss, at worst.

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Electrician testing voltage in a light switch.
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If you experience any of these issues associated with electrical wiring, it could be time to call in a professional:

  • Lights flicker when another appliance or device turns on.
  • Circuit breakers trip or fuses blow for no apparent reason.
  • A faceplate for a switch or receptacle has discolored or shows signs of soot.
  • The smell of burning rubber.
  • Cords or plugs are hot.
  • Outlets wiggle when you remove a plug.
  • Evidence of aluminum or knob and tube wiring.

If your home was built or remodeled between 1950 and the late 1970’s, it may contain aluminum wiring. Knob and tube wiring was how homes were originally wired for electricity starting in the late 1800’s, a practice that continued until the 1930’s. Both of these types of wiring pose serious ongoing safety problems.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical distribution within the home through lamps, light bulbs and lighting fixtures were responsible for most of the fires between 2007 and 2011. If you’ve experienced any anomalies with your power supply, it would be prudent to schedule preventive electrical services in Cincinnati to avert any problems faulty wiring causes.

If you’re unsure where to begin, reach out to one of the licensed electricians from Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. They’ll inspect all aspects of your wiring by using testing and diagnostic equipment. Since the wires are hidden in the walls, attic and ceilings, it’s important to have the electrical components of your home professionally evaluated to reduce the danger any malfunction, big or small, may pose.

To schedule electrical services in Cincinnati, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing before the situation escalates. We’ve provided top-notch HVAC, plumbing and wiring services for greater Cincinnati homeowners since 1910.