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Beware of Frayed Electrical Wiring

Electrical wiring can fray from old age, heat, or corrosion. Although your home’s internal wiring may go overlooked, it can be dangerous if it is in poor condition. If you have frayed electrical wiring and need an Elkridge electrician to perform repairs, the professionals at Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling can safely get the job done.

Causes of Frayed Electrical Wiring

There are numerous reasons why an electrical wire can become frayed. Older homes have a higher chance of having damaged insulation which can lead to frayed wiring. The combination of heat and the age of electrical components can also cause wiring damage. This is especially true if circuits are overloaded. The heat from an overloaded circuit can melt the wire insulation and lead to a fire. Even rodents, such as mice and squirrels, can be the cause of frayed wiring as they can chew through wires’ insulation.

Signs of Bad Wiring

Be on the lookout for these signs of bad or frayed electrical wiring:

  1. Frequently tripped circuit breakers
  2. Flickering or buzzing lights
  3. An outlet that is warm to the touch
  4. Buzzing or crackling sounds
  5. Aluminum or knob-and-tube wiring
  6. Vibrating spots on outlets or walls
  7. Smoke coming from outlets or appliances
  8. Burning smells or scorch marks on electrical fixtures

The Importance of Repair

Home electrical wiring issues cause over 50,000 fires each year. Most of these fires can be prevented with a few safety precautions, such as having wires fixed immediately and refraining from using them if they are not in the best condition. Always contact a professional to identify the issue.

Tim Kyle, an Elkridge electrician, has over 30 years of experience serving the Maryland area with both commercial and residential electrical services. We provide renovation services, repairs, and install fire alarms and surge protection. For more information about our services, contact us today.

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