If you just purchased an older home or are considering selling your home, you may have to undergo a home inspection to determine if your electrical system is up to code. Harrison Electric offers complete electrical wiring and panel inspections for homeowners in Minneapolis and the surrounding area.

Below we look at common code violations and how they could affect the safety of your home or keep you from buying or selling a home in Minneapolis. To find out more about our services to schedule an inspection or repair, call us at 763-544-3300

Common Electrical Code Violations

An older home may not exhibit any signs of a code violation. Many systems may continue to operate under hazardous conditions until a component finally fails and causes a fire or a power outage.

Some of the most common code violations include:

Main Panels

The electrical panel in your home may be old or outdated. You may have a panel that was installed 30 to 40 years ago and can no longer accommodate the electrical needs in your home. New technology and appliances require almost double the power that they did thirty years ago.

Therefore you may need a new panel that can handle the power requirements of modern devices and appliances. We can inspect your current panel and make the necessary adjustments or replace it with a brand new panel.

Smoke Alarms

State and national agencies have set new standards to transition away from smoke alarms powered by removable 9-volt batteries and encourage the installation of newer alarms. The most recent version of the code requires smoke alarms to be hard-wired, interconnected, and backed up with a 10-year sealed battery.

Focus areas for smoke alarm upgrades include:

●        Bedrooms and sleeping areas or on walls or ceilings just outside of bedrooms and sleeping quarters

●        At least one device on each floor of a home, including the basement

●        Wherever flammable substances are stored, such as the garage.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

The National Electrical Code, or NEC, has specific GFCI requirements for dwelling units. Ground-fault circuit-interrupters are now the standard outlets that should be located in the following areas around your home:

●        Bathrooms

●        Garages and accessory buildings

●        Outdoors

●        Unfinished basements

●        Crawl spaces at or below grade level

●        Kitchens

●        Laundry or utility rooms

●        Pool/spa areas

GFCI receptacles prevent electrocution by cutting off the circuit from the wiring to the device you are using such as hair dryer or an electrical device around a kitchen sink.


Grounding is not the same as bonding. Plumbing, phone lines, coaxial cable, and gas piping systems need to be not only grounded but also bonded to one another. Bonding equalizes the voltage potential between conductive systems.

Bonding reduces the risk of a person becoming the path for current flow between two conductive systems in case one of the systems becomes energized. In a lightning strike, equalized voltage minimizes the risk of a high current jumping (arcing) between two systems and causing a fire.

Electrical Code-Compliance Services in Minneapolis

Harrison Electric is dedicated to keeping your home safe and code-compliant. We perform complete electrical inspections and upgrades for all types of homes in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. If you are buying or selling your home, or you believe that your electrical system is unsafe, then contact us today.

To find out more about our services to schedule an inspection or repair, call us at 763-544-3300, or you can message us at mail@harrison-electric.com.