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Updating 1920 s home wiring

Visibly dimming lights shouldn’t be happening whether you have a new service or not, but is probably not related to the service.

People often mistakenly believe that a house with a new electrical service has new wiring throughout the house. The service normally only includes the cable that mounts on the outside of the house, the meter box and the distribution panel, or breaker box.

A surprising number of electrical panels have problems with water seepage and corrosion.

This usually occurs as water leaks into the exterior meter box and follows the cable into the breaker box.

It is not a surprise that you are getting different opinions. Are there multiple sub-panels installed along with your main panel? Is the service size (or amp rating) adequate for your needs?

Most of the old Federal Pacific circuit breaker service panels in our area are rated for 125 amps.

Insurance companies typically charge more for fire insurance if your house is known to have knob-and-tube wiring.

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They know that there is a significant increased risk associated with wiring that is so antiquated.

The wiring providing power to the refrigerator, also serves the lighting, and probably other receptacles in the kitchen.

The wire is too small to provide sufficient current to all the outlets, thus causing the lights to dim. In other words, the electrician will install a second wire from the panel to supply current to some of the outlets presently served by only one wire.

Contact Information: Phone: 607-773-1519 Fax: 607-773-4731 E-Mail: [email protected]: 1278 Vestal Avenue Binghamton, New York 13903 Visit us on Facebook I recently bought a house built in 1940 that had a new electrical service installed, but whenever the refrigerator starts up the lights dim.

Should this be happening with a new electrical service?

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