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How To Avoid Home Fires Caused By Electrical Wiring

Breakers & Electric Wiring Malfunctions

Did you know there was a safety feature to protect electronics from catching fire?

Indeed there is and it is called an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI). Chances are, unless you have heard this term used by an electrician, you’ve never heard of AFCI.

Basically, it is a type of breaker designed to detect arc faults in your home’s wiring. The AFCI trips the breaker before those arcing faults can cause a fire. This is important, because over 40,000 fires, annually, are being attributed to home electrical wiring issues.

How to tell if you have AFCI breakers:

Go to the electrical panels to see if any of the breakers have a test button.

Next, read the label to see what type of breaker it is. There are two types of AFCI breakers you may keep an eye out for: Branch Feeder (or BRAF) and Combination type.

Combination type breakers are the newer ones.

If you have panels with the older BRAF type breakers, it is recommended to replace them with the newer Combination type AFCI breakers.

What happens if you don’t have AFCI breakers?
Currently, there is not a way for AFCI breakers to be installed into very old homes without rewiring the circuits and installing new panels that could accept the AFCI breakers.

If you’re not selling your home, then making the upgrade is solely up to your judgment as a homeowner.

Keep in mind, that the upgrade to AFCI breakers could be the difference between a home fire or replacement of expensive electronic items such as your radio, television or computer.

AFCI breakers are truly a safety improvement for your home.

If you would like to have an electrician check your home and you don’t know who to call, we recommend calling the following vetted company:

Company Name: Rabbit Electric
Contact Name: Ron Szucs
Phone Number: 405-249-5755

Oklahoma City home inspection

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Seeing Poor Electrical Work

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Why electrical work requires professionals

So you have a wonderful home in mind that you’d love to purchase, but one thing stands in the way? If you said the electrical issues are a problem, then you’re not alone! When I’ve visited many properties for an Oklahoma City home inspection I have noticed electrical issues are a common problem. This common flaw spotted during a routine Oklahoma City home inspection is avoidable, but it means paying for a professional electrician. Today, I’m going to explain why it is important to have a professional electrician.

Defect spotted during an Oklahoma City home inspection: Poor electrical work.

Why you need a professional electrician: Any decent Oklahoma City home inspection will include checking up on all of your electrical work so keep that in mind. If you have blown fuses or incorrect voltage running to your appliances, a professional electrician should be able to tell. Improperly installed electrical work can cause shocks or fires! These are issues you don’t need to try correcting yourself as they can be way too dangerous. For safety reasons, only a professional electrician should be repairing dangerous wiring issues. Always be sure to check up on the person you hire to make sure they are licensed and insured. By hiring a GOOD professional you can have a guarantee on the work completed. If they can’t guarantee their work, shop elsewhere.

Getting the right professional electrician may seem costly at first, but the burden of having to replace wiring or the entire home would be more costly by far. As your Oklahoma City home inspection expert, I hope you know how sincere this message is to you. I know a home is an important part of anyone’s life, so why not take the extra steps to ensure safety for you, your family and the house?