Common Electrical Problems in Older Buildings

20 Aug 2020 Licensed Electrician

Whether you are dealing with an old house or an aging commercial building, there are many problems that can occur with electrical systems in older structures. At Expert Electric, we know that it is often necessary to replace certain aspects of electrical systems in older buildings to improve function and ensure safety, and we offer a wide variety of residential and commercial electrical services that enable us to bring these buildings up to modern standards.

What are Some Common Electrical Issues in Old Buildings?

The kind of electrical problems that are common in older buildings can vary slightly depending on what the original purpose of the building was. An old house will have some different issues than an old industrial facility. Some of the common issues that can occur in just about any old building include:

Faulty Cables and Wires

Many old types of wires can still work after many years, but they can also begin to become safety concerns. If insulation around wires is deteriorating, the wires will need to be replaced before they can hurt somebody or start a fire.

Insufficient Electrical Loads

Many older circuits are not equipped to handle the same kind of load that modern electrical devices require. Overloaded circuits can lead to major problems, so any older building should be inspected before the electrical systems are used.

Obsolete Breakers or Service Panels

Many old types of breakers or service panels have been discontinued and older buildings often still use fuse boxes instead of breaker panels, so it is common to need to replace the electrical service panel of an older building completely.

Old Light Fixtures

As light fixtures get old, it is common for the wiring to become loose and result in flickering lights or lights that will not turn on. These fixtures can sometimes be reconnected, but they often need to be replaced.

Faulty Outlets

Many older outlets do not have the hole for a ground wire, and many others have a poor or faulty connection. It is often necessary to replace all of the outlets in an older building.

If you would like to learn more information about some other common electrical problems in older buildings, or to find out more about the residential and commercial electrical services we offer, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.