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Electrical Wiring in Older Home

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Like people, your house ages; electrical wiring can deteriorate and become “worn out” causing dangerous situations within the walls that cannot be seen. For example, the insulation around the wires sometimes wears out due to excessive heat caused by overloaded circuits. Even household pests, like mice, can damage the protective outer coating. Homeowners should be aware of what the safety concerns are of old wiring in their houses and learn the most common electrical wiring warning signs.
 
PrintWhile reading over these tips, keep in mind ARC Electric Company offers CurrentSAFE. CurrentSAFE is the most comprehensive diagnosis of your homes electrical system! ARC Electric Company’s specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected. Call us today to schedule your FREE In Home Assessment. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
 
Safety Concerns of Old Wiring
According to a 2009 study by the National Fire Prevention Association(NFPA), faulty wiring is the most common cause of residential fires in the United States. As fire and building codes improve, the longevity of electrical devices and wiring improve as well. However, any wiring over 40 years old should be checked by a qualified licensed electrician periodically. This is an investment for a household’s safety and your peace of mind.
 
Five Electrical Wiring Warning Signs
Sign 1: Breakers and Fuses Go Out Regularly
Circuit breakers are designed to help to protect the house from fire by “tripping” when they are overloaded by exceeding the number of amps the circuit is rated for. Fuses provide the same protection, but circuit breakers are reusable and can be “reset”, where fuses need to be replaced whenever they “blow out.” Circuit breakers do wear out over time and, and the more often they trip, the more likely they can go bad.
 
Sign 2: Dimming and Flickering Lights
 
Dimming and/or flickering lights are a sign of an overloaded circuit. As another device turns on in a circuit, especially motor driven devices, they pull more amperage than when they run at a steady pace. Good wiring on a circuit will rarely dim or flicker. However, occasional dimming or momentary flickering is normal in some cases. But, if it happens often, this may be a sign of faulty wiring or a bad circuit breaker that needs to be replaced.
 
Sign 3: Buzzing, Charred, or Discolored Outlets and Switches
 
Buzzing, humming, charred, and/or discolored outlets or switches are a bad sign of a potentially dangerous situation. The outlet or switch should be replaced right away, but the problem is not always in the outlet or switch. In some cases, faulty wiring, usually near the outlet or switch, or a loose connection on the switch is the cause. This causes the outlet to arc and make a small, short-lived mini fire that causes the outlet’s surface to char or discolor from heat.
 
Sign 4: Burning Smell
 
A burning smell in a home can be scary. An electrical fire initially has a fairly acrid smell. A short in a circuit that causes a brief burn has the same smell. Electrical fires that catch surrounding material on fire, however, have a much different smell. If a burning smell is present, especially if it smells acrid, call an electrician immediately. In some cases, the short is in the outlet, but if it is in the wiring within the wall, it can more easily catch surrounding materials on fire. In either instance, homeowners should turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for that circuit until the electrician can examine the circuit and make repairs.
 
Sign 5: Shocking Switches and Outlets
 
Shocking switches or outlets are a good indicator that the switch or outlet is bad. Sometimes it means that there is a wire in the circuit shorting out to the conduit enclosing the wires. Aside from being physically unpleasant, this is a sure sign that something is wrong. It could be a device plugged into the outlet, the outlet or switch itself, or a wire that has lost its outer insulation. If devices are removed or replaced and it still happens, the outlet or switch should be examined or replaced, and it would be a good idea to have the wiring examined as well.
 
 
 
 
 

CurrentSAFE Electrical Safety Quiz

 
Don’t forget May is National Electrical Safety Month or NESM.
 
Have you taken our Electrical Safety Quiz? If you answered “no” to any other these questions, consider having a FREE CurrentSAFE assessment done. We will come out, go over the CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection(EHD) test, ask you show us any problems areas you have and we will let you know if CurrentSAFE is a good candidate for your home. CurrentSAFE is the only comprehensive electrical diagnosis of your homes electrical wiring and this non-destructive testing can point out a home’s electrical hazards before it becomes an emergency. All to often we see electrical emergencies that could have been avoided.
 
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Quick Tip of the Day – Outlet Discloration

When you are doing your spring cleaning, check your outlets for any discoloration. Discolored outlets mean something is going on behind the walls. These are not normal and need to be checked out by a licensed electrician. ARC Electric Company offers CurrentSAFE, which is the most comprehensive diagnosis of your homes electrical system! ARC Electric Company’s specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected. Call us today to schedule your free in home assessment to learn more about CurrentSAFE.
 
Schedule your FREE, No-Obligation in-home consultation of your electrical system to determine if this service is right for you.
 
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CurrentSAFE Findings – Example

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You never know what is behind fixtures and in between walls; be safe and have CurrentSAFE’s Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) test performed!
 
CurrentSAFE’s EHD is the most comprehensive diagnosis of your homes electrical system! ARC Electric Company’s specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected.
 
**This was actually found in a customers home during a CurrentSAFE EHD test; the infared gun picked up temperatures of 249 degrees.

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Lights Flickering? Switches Control Nothing? Just Not Sure….

Are you a homeowner who has lights that flicker periodically? Or have switches on your wall that control nothing? Or maybe, your not sure who did your electrical wiring?
 
Have you considered having an Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) test done? We offer CurrentSAFE and this EHD test sounds like it could benefit you immensely! CurrentSAFE is the most comprehensive diagnosis of your homes electrical system! ARC Electric Company’s specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected.
 
Did you know that there is a residential electrical fire in North America every 6 minutes?
 
CurrentSAFE is a non-destructive method of testing your homes electrical problems before they become an emergency. In 2012, electrical fires in our homes claimed the lives of 622 North Americans and injured more than 1,500 others.* There are 248 fires a day! There is no other hazard detection service or electrical testing process available to homeowners like CurrentSAFE. ARC Electric Company is the only certified service representative in the Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina.
 
Once a certified CurrentSAFE electrician has completed testing of your home’s electrical system, you will be provided with an on-the-spot comprehensive, full color report. This computer generated testing procedure will specify risk factors that were discovered during the testing procedure including wiring and outlet problems, shock hazards and other electrical issues that pose a threat to your family’s safety. Some clients have said it is like having an MRI done of their home – it gives you a great peace of mind knowing your home is safe.**
 
Schedule your FREE, No-Obligation in-home consultation of your electrical system to determine if this service is right for you.
 
 
 
*Estimated statistics from CurrentSAFE!
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Why is CurrentSAFE testing so important?

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Sometimes people ask us “Why is CurrentSAFE testing so important?”
 
My answer used to be, “if you had an electrical hazard in your home, wouldn’t you want to know?”
 
Well, today, my answer changed. While out performing an EHD (Electrical Hazard Detection) Test our technician, Patrick, found 2 gas leaks in our customers attic. Yes, I said 2! This was detected while he was in the attic checking her wiring. This customer’s home was built in early 2001 and was questioning whether or not this test would be good for her home. Well, we haven’t seen the official report yet, but she has stated that the test has been WELL worth it. She called the Gas Company, who shut off her gas and got her pointed in the right direction for getting it fixed. This was something we unfortunately couldn’t help her with. But, we are all very happy Patrick found this issue and this was taken care of. The gas company told her that the tiniest spark would’ve blown her house up.
 
So, now when people ask me is the test important? I will always tell this story!
 
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So, what is CurrentSAFE?

 
 
In 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), home electrical fires in North America claimed the lives of 455 people and injured atleast 1,518 others. Some of these fires were caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring, overloaded circuits and extension cords. During 2011, these home electrical problems accounted for over 47,820 fires and almost $1.5 billion in property losses.*
 
Be sure to check out our “Is Your Home CurrentSAFE” tab at the top of the page to learn about this revolutionary testing and call Whitney (704-821-7005) TODAY and schedule your FREE IN-HOME NO OBLIGATION ASSESSMENT TODAY!!!
 
*Estimated statistics from NFPA.org