Owning an older, more historic house here in Naperville is an opportunity to have a home that is unique and charming…but it may also come with a few more responsibilities then having a brand new home. For many homeowners, it is still quite well worth the added tasks. However, there are still some things that you should be aware of before jumping in with both feet. When it comes to your safety and the well-being of your loved ones, you can never be too careful. This is especially true when it comes to the electrical wiring in older homes.
You may run into issues when applying for home insurance, too, because many older homes come with aluminum wiring or knob and tube wiring. Some insurance companies will not provide a policy to home that are equipped with aluminum wiring, as it makes them a greater risk to insure. This is something that should come up during the home inspection. Prosepective home insurance agencies can also provide you with more details regarding their policy’s risk restrictions.
If you have or are thinking of buying an older home, here are some things you should know about replacing aluminum wiring in Naperville, as well as what to do if you find out knob and tube wiring is installed.
What You Need to Know
Homes built prior to 1972 are at a higher risk of having one of two possible electrical systems that would need to be replaced. Either aluminum wiring or knob and tube wiring. Here is a brief rundown of each one:
As mentioned previously, the main reason for replacing either of these outdated systems is that these are fire hazards. However, for knob and tube, it should also be noted that this obsolete system is not equipped to handle the demand for electricity that modern day appliances, electronics and gadgets requiring electrical supply for charging need. This leads to blown fuses, tripped breakers or the need to unplug one appliance in order to use another.
- Aluminum Wiring – Used for about a decade from the 1960’s into the 1970’s when copper prices were on the rise. Unfortunately, the long term results were anything but positive as houses with this type of wiring is more prone to problems like sparks resulting in house fires.
- Knob & Tube Wiring – This type or wiring system was in use for a much longer time period; from about 1880 until the 1930’s, yet any house built prior to the 1950’s should be checked for this type of wiring. While this system is still permissible in only a few unique situations as outlined in the National Electrical Code, in residential homes it is important to have it replaced for safety reasons.
Not to mention, many insurance companies will not provide some or all types of coverage in homes that still have outdated wiring systems, deeming them too great a hazard. If you can get coverage, you are likely to have to pay a great deal more for your monthly premiums. If you know or even suspect you may still have one of these outdated system in your home, the time for knob and tube or aluminum wiring replacement in Naperville is now.
Call in the Naperville Electrical Wiring Pros
Here at Reliant Electrical, we take great pride in the electrical work that we do, including taking care of replacing knob and tube or aluminum wiring. Since 2003, we have been the Naperville electrician locals rely on for this type of service. Let us provide you with the quality electrical wiring replacement service that you need in order to keep your home and your loved ones safe and sound.