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Upgrading Electrical Wiring in an Older Home
Electrical Question: Do I need to Install New Circuits and Rewire my Light Fixtures?
- We recently bought an old house and upgraded the electric panel. We had the old fuse box and meter base replaced with breakers as per AEP. Shortly after this we began having what appeared to be a poltergeist in the house. Fridge would kick on and the lights would dim.
- Turn the coffee pot on and get lukewarm coffee. The neutral wire on the AEP side was the cause of this ghostly problem. Now that AEP has fixed their problem, our ceiling fan no longer works, my drill charger no longer has power (thankful I bought the extended warranty) and one of the basement lights no longer works.
- Can you give me some idea how to fix this? Do I need to run another breaker and rewire the fan and light fixtures? Any help would be much appreciated.
This electrical question came from: Jason, a Homeowner from East Liverpool, Ohio.
Note: AEP is the electrical utility company in this area of Ohio.
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Thanks for your electrical question Jason.
How to Plan and Upgrade Electrical Wiring for an Older Home
- Jason, I would first start by finding out why the repairs that were performed by the AEP affected the circuits that are now not working. Obviously a circuit may be required to re-energize the devices that are not working only after understanding if the existing electrical wiring is OK or not. If there is a problem with the wiring, then the problem will need to be corrected or the wiring may need to be replaced as well.
Upgrading Home Electrical Circuit Wiring
Planning and Upgrading Home Electrical Circuits
- Upgrading the electrical wiring of an older home starts with identifying the existing electrical circuits, and then planning for the normal code upgrades and any additional circuits that will be required.
- It should also be understood that just because the main electrical service panel has been replaced or updated, this is only the starting point. Additional circuits and electrical upgrades to the home wiring may be required as well for the home to have improved safety and to become compliant with all applicable codes.
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