- The main electrical equipment being outdated, main cable frayed, or corrosion built up are signs that a service needs replacing.
- The grounding of the electrical system is also important to prevent unwanted parts from becoming energized.
- Having breakers that are double tapped because of a lack of space in the main panel is very common in older outdated services.
- GFCI protection is required in bathrooms, kitchen, unfinished basements, outdoors, garages and older homes typically lack this protection.
- Ungrounded receptacles are also common in older homes, but unqualified electricians replace these devices with grounded devices, which is a code violation.
- Older homes also lack smoke detectors that are hard wired and interconnected with battery backup.
- Knob and tube wiring is also prevalent in older homes and must be closely monitored to prevent an overloading of this older wiring.
For a full evaluation of your home’s electric contact your licensed Philadelphia electrician Lauterborn Electric.