Signs of Bad Electrical Wiring in a House

Signs of Bad Electrical Wiring in a House

December 18, 2021

We benefit from electricity every day, maybe even every minute, but the electrical wiring that carries the electricity is often taken for granted. Most of the time the average person even thinks about their electrical wiring is when there is a problem with the electricity. They might wonder whether the electrical wiring is bad. With much of the work hidden behind walls, it can be difficult to answer that question. Do not worry. Mr. Electric of Dallas is here with some signs that your electrical wiring might need to be addressed by a certified electrician. If you prefer to have an electrician investigate, then call Mr. Electric of Dallas to schedule an appointment or request an emergency dispatch. Our local electricians are ready when you are.

What Is "Bad" Electrical Wiring?

When we call electrical wiring "bad," we mean it is faulty. This can be because the wiring is physically damaged, there is improper voltage running through them, or there is great risk of either. They can become faulty or bad for a variety of reasons. General wear and tear, rodent attacks, electricians taking risky shortcuts, and poor-quality installation material are just a few that come to mind. In any case, it is imperative that you are aware of the quality of the electrical wiring in your home.

The Risks of Bad Electrical Wiring

Electrical wiring is the conduit through which electricity travels from point A to Point B and beyond. You already know electricity is an incredibly volatile and dangerous element, so it goes without saying that electricity that is out of control is a serious safety hazard. Bad electrical wiring exposes you to grave risks including electrocutions and electrical fires. Sudden electrical surges and short circuits can also fry electronics, devices, and appliances. In short, bad electrical wiring is bad for your safety and your wallet.

A Few Signs of Bad Electrical Wiring in Your House

We have established what constitutes "bad" wiring and reviewed some of the risks of such wiring, but how do you know your wiring is faulty? Frankly, the best way is with an electrical inspection, which we recommend once every year or two. However, there are some other signs to watch out for:

  • Frayed or Chewed Wiring: Duh, right? Damaged wiring is, well, bad. If the protective plastic of the wiring is damaged, the wires become exposed. Electricity can arc and discharge dangerous electrical shocks and fires.
  • Hot Electrical Outlets: Hot, discolored, and smoky outlets indicate there is too much electricity running through the wires. Unplug everything from that outlet and call a certified electrician as soon as possible!
  • Frequently Tripping Circuit Breakers: Circuit breakers are meant to trip "off" when there is unusual electrical activity in a particular circuit, but if the circuit breakers are frequently tripping, then you might have bad electrical wiring.

Mr. Electric Can Help

Whether you need an electrical inspection or a repair, the certified electricians at Mr. Electric of Dallas are ready to help. Call now to schedule an appointment or request an emergency dispatch.