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A lot of homes in western New York have outdated wiring. This is a problem because not only can they not handle modern electrical loads, they also represent a fire hazard. It is recommended that if a home was built prior to 1980, it should be inspected to see if it should be rewired. Two types of wiring that should be updated are aluminum wiring, and knob-and-tube wiring. Aluminum was used in the 1960s, when copper wiring, the preferred type of wiring, was seen as too expensive.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vintage homes built before 1980 may need their wiring redone to avoid any problems later.
  • For example, you may have aluminum wiring that needs replacing to avoid corrosion.
  • An even older wiring system that causes even more problems is knob-and-tube wiring.

“Not only do these antiquated wiring systems have trouble handling modern electrical loads, they can create fire hazards.”

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