Cost to rewire old house
IÂm looking at buying a 1950Âs farmhouse. I had it inspected and below is a cut-n-paste of the worst of the problems he found. My question is how much does electrical work cost? Before this I always relied on my father who was a licensed electrian, but he died last year so now I have to pay full price. The inspector mentioned re-wiring the house. He implied that the new(ish) HVAC system was underperforming because the houseÂs wiring couldnÂt handle something that large. Does this mean actually pulling new wires through the conduits or does it mean that the breakers/fuses need to be updated but that the wiring stays the same. I live in Raleigh NC where the housing downfall is just starting and prices and services seem cheaper than other cities. I havenÂt got a clue what this may cost. I am trying to do the math on all the repairs this house needs before I make an offer to buy it.
from his report:
Cooling System - Max Amp and fuse/breaker
The system spec is a maximum 45 amp breaker while the breaker labeled as AC in the main panel is 60 amps, I recommend that a professional electrician further evaluate and make necessary repairs
Main Panel Location & Disconnect
Right side of house - when the range burners and oven were turned on, the 100 amp breaker repeatedly tripped out, I recommend that a professional electrician further evaluate the system and make necessary repairs
Amperage, Voltage - est 200 Amps 120/240 Volts
Some aluminum wire is installed on 120V branch electrical circuits. These single strand, branch aluminum wires were used widely during the mid 60s and early 70s. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, problems due to expansion can cause overheating at connections between wire and devices or at splices, which has resulted in fires. For Further information contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at their web site http://cpsc.gov. It is recommended that the electrical system be evaluated by a licensed electrician.