4 Signs Your Wires Are Dangerously Old


When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your home’s wiring? We’re going to guess that you probably have never looked at it at all, and if you have you probably don’t remember the last time. Well, take this as a reminder to do so this week because there are lots of red flags that could mean your wires are seriously outdated, and seriously dangerous.

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Here’s what you should be keeping a close eye out for:

  • Fraying: wires can fray for a variety of reasons including old age, heat, corrosion or bending. They might also become damaged if they’re nicked, pinched against the wall or pierced by nails or screws. Whatever the case may be, frayed wires are extremely dangerous and need to be replaced right away.
  • Tripping: notice that your breakers are constantly tripping? This could mean that your circuits are overloaded or that your system just can’t handle the load. Old circuits and breakers should be updated by a qualified electrician.
  • Knob & Tube: lots of older Philadelphia homes were constructed with knob and tube wiring. This older method of wiring is extremely dangerous as it becomes brittle with age. Additionally, the fabric insulation it uses can easily catch fire and cause severe damage inside your home.
  • Loose Connections: inspect all outlet covers and switch plates and make sure all of the wires inside are connected and secure. As they age, they can loosen which could lead to shocks, burns or fires. Have loose connections repaired immediately.

Philadelphia homes that have not been inspected by a professional electrician in recent years may be in danger of voltage problems and damaged electronic devices, not to mention electrical fires. GEN3 Electric will evaluate your specific needs and review with you every step of our services so there are no surprises. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 215-512-4102.

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.