5 Most Common Electrical Problems in Older Homes

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As a homeowner, you want to make sure everything in your home is functioning properly. House repairs can get overwhelming, that’s why it’s best to get ahead of potential issues whenever possible. 

If you’ve lived in an old house for many years, or if you’ve just recently purchased an older home, you need to pay special attention to your home’s electrical system. To prevent larger electrical problems, keep an eye out for the following:

Flickering Lights

Sometimes a flickering light is an easy fix. Switching out an old bulb usually resolves the issue. However, if it doesn’t, then this may be a sign of a more serious electrical problem. Older homes often have aluminum and cooper wiring that if crossed, can cause flickering lights in the home. This crossing of wires puts the house at risk for a fire. If your house has flickering light issues you’re unable to solve with a bulb switch, seek electrician help as soon as possible.

Dead Outlets

Dead outlets in the home can indicate tripped circuit breakers. This electrical problem can be solved by resetting the breakers. If after resetting the breakers your outlets are still dead then circuit connections are either loose or broken within the home. This kind of issue can only be solved by a knowledgeable electrician. 

Brittle or Damaged Cables

Does your home have aluminum wiring? If so, you should make sure to get your cables inspected. Aluminum wiring either expands or shrinks according to temperature changes. Additionally, aluminum wires oxidize and corrode over time. These conditions are dangerous and can result in hot outlets, sparks, and even fires. Call a trusted Miami electrician to check out your home’s wiring and protect your home from Florida’s extreme heat. 

Bulb Burnouts

If you find yourself frequently replacing the lightbulbs in your home, the problem may not be the bulbs you are purchasing. Frequent bulb burnout can be a sign of either high wattage or faulty wiring in the home. The only way to know for sure is by calling in a trusted electrician to evaluate the current state of your home’s wiring.


An electrical problem that can easily be missed by a homeowner is overlamping. Overlamping occurs when the wattage of the home doesn’t match the fixtures. This leaves the home’s electrical system constantly strained and unable to provide the amount of electricity that is required by modern home appliances. The only solution to overlamping is to completely rewire your home’s old circuit box. 

If you suspect you may be in need of electrical repair services, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced team at Miami Electric Masters. Our highly trained electricians are ready to solve your electrical problems quickly and effectively. Call our experts today to receive your free quote or fill out our online form now

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