Owning an older home can be a challenge. Sometimes a thorough electrical inspection can be a good way to help make sure your electrical wiring through the home is working properly and is safe from any potential hazards. You may even decide to modernize some of the electric work to make it more compatible with modern appliances. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the electrical problems that are common in older homes.


Older homes have a variety of common problems that electricians know to look for. Some are simply inconveniences, while others are potentially dangerous. Here are a few of the more common ones:

Fuse boxes were used to control energy flow before circuit breaker panels were popularized. Both do the job, but modern circuit panels are safer and more efficient. While an old fuse box may “blow a fuse” if a circuit is overloaded, the switches on circuit breakers are much more manageable. They’re also easier to replace if there is a problem.

Older homes use a wiring technique called “knob and tube.” This was sufficient in the 1950s and earlier but fails to provide adequate electricity to modern appliances. This can cause overheating and lead to a fire hazard.

Aluminum wiring was popular in the 1960s and ‘70s, but it is not recommended now. The aluminum was more apt to overheat than conventional copper wires. This not only created a fire hazard but melting wires could also lead to damaged insulation and weaker electric connections.

If your circuit breakers regularly trip, there may be an issue with loose connections. This should not happen if the breakers are working properly with your appliances.

Two-pronged outlets not only limit what kind of appliance can use them, but it’s also an indication that the outlet is not grounded. That means it doesn’t have ground-fault circuit interrupters that can prevent electrocution in areas (kitchen and bathroom) that can get wet. A three-pronged outlet is grounded, and the fraction of a second it takes to shut down the electricity could save your life!

A lack of modern outlets can be a real inconvenience! Many older homes have fewer outlets already, making it difficult to provide enough electricity in our technology age. Overloading individual outlets with multiple appliances or power strips is never a safe solution.


City Plumbing now offers electrical services! Our licensed electricians can give your home the upgrades it needs to keep you comfortable and safe. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!