If your home was built in the early to mid 1900s, you may need some electrical upgrades. The method of wiring used at that time was knob and tube, cloth, or shielded BX wiring. This type of wiring does not provide an electrical ground wire like today’s method of wiring does.
Over the years of use and abuse, this outdated wiring becomes less than safe. This circuit above was extended to the washer and dryer as well. This modification may have created a potential over load. Wiring done in that era also lacked the codes of today. Replacing wiring depicted in the image above is highly recommended.
If you have wiring that looks similar to this you should consult a licensed electrical contractor for an overview of your electrical system. For a free consultation contact Lauterborn electric at (215)688-8472 or go to Lauterbornelectric.com and send us an e-mail.