From the 1920s to the 1970s, knob and tube electrical systems powered American homes. However, as the electrical needs of individual homes expanded, more powerful, safer electrical wiring made these electrical systems obsolete. Today, many homes built before 1950 still have this legacy wiring, which complicates old home electrical repair.
Knob and tube wiring consists of ceramic or porcelain tubes that hold wires in place and electrical wires insulated with rubberized cloth. These systems have two types of wires, a white neutral wire, and a black hot wire. The lack of a ground wire makes historic homes with this electrical configuration prone to fires and shock hazards.
Sometimes, you don’t have to replace the entire system. However, it’s a good idea to at least upgrade areas such as bathrooms and kitchens where wires can become moist. Moisture can cause the rubberized cloth on the wires to degrade, crack, and become a fire hazard. It’s also good to have your home inspected to ensure that knob and tube wiring hasn’t become embedded in insulation or building materials.
Staley Electric technicians have performed old home electric repair and upgrade services for three generations. Our licensed electricians can repair or replace electrical panels and wiring for residential customers in Little Rock, AR, and the surrounding communities of Benton, Bryant, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, and Cabot.
Knob and Tube Rewiring Service
Old home electric repair often requires finesse and experience. At Staley Electric, our highly qualified electricians can disconnect the knob and tube wiring so that it’s no longer a hazard to your family. Then, we’ll upgrade your system at an affordable cost, with minimal disruption and damage to your walls, ceilings, and floors.
Our technicians start with an assessment of the service panel capacity and electrical connections. If your system no longer has the capacity to handle the electrical needs of your family, we may need to upgrade the service panel and rewire part or all of your historic home. If you are already planning to do a renovation or remodel, that’s a great time to upgrade your electrical system to ensure that it meets current building codes. This will make things go smoother if you decide to sell your home or buy an insurance policy.
You may need old home electric repair to avoid electrical problems if:
- Your home was wired prior to 1950.
- There aren’t enough outlets.
- You have insufficient power.
- Your system has aluminum or knob and tube wiring.
- Your home has ungrounded outlets or wiring.
Staley Electric has 24/7/365 old house electric repair service throughout the greater Little Rock area, including Benton, Bryant, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, and Cabot, AR.
Electrical Panel Replacement
In many cases, old home electric repair requires an electrical panel replacement to avoid problems with insufficient power. If you have modern conveniences such as blow dryers, air conditioners, outdoor lighting, clothes dryers, and other appliances and electronics, it’s a good idea to upgrade or replace the electrical panel.
In addition to old home electric repair services, you can turn to us for:
- Wiring An Electrical Outlet
- Light Switch Installation
- Home Automation Electrician Services
- Backup Generators
If you need help bringing your historic home into the 21st century at an affordable cost, contact Staley Electric today!
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