From the late 1970’s until the early 1980’s many builders used Aluminum wiring in the construction of new homes and at the time it was less expensive than copper and approved method of wiring a home. By the late 1980’s this practice of wiring in homes had become redundant therefore all the related devices in a home such as switches, receptacles, and light fixtures compatible with aluminum slowly began to be phased out. Fast forward to today and these devices with Aluminum rating are pretty much nonexistent and very expensive if available at all. This presents a very dangerous scenario as Copper rated devices are being installed in Aluminum wiring systems which can produce arcing at connection points and in extreme cases be the cause of a fire.
We can offer a solution whether it is:
- Rewiring and Replacement of all Aluminum Wire, or
- Check and Correct all accessible points of connection on your property in which all devices such as switches, receptacles, light fixtures, and junction boxes are opened and inspected for loose or improper connections and if necessary reconnected with copper wire tails linking the Aluminum wire with the approved joint compound and Wire Nut (connectors) to the copper rated devices.
On the completion of the job, we will also arrange an E.S.A. Certificate of Inspection as well as a letter for your insurance company if needed.
Why You Should Get Rid Of Aluminum Wiring?
As per the Canadian Standards Association, aluminum wires that were manufactured before 1972 are 55 times more likely to catch electrical fires and cause electrical failures. They are not considered safe when compared to the more popular copper wiring and because of that many insurance companies do not cover properties with aluminum wiring.
Get It Checked From Licensed Electricians
One of the things that we hear a lot is our customers telling us that they have not faced any issues with their wiring. With aluminum wiring in homes, it might take a long time for something to happen. But instead of waiting for something to happen, it is always better to be proactive and get your whole home assessment done through certified electricians.
Call an electrician if you face any of these situations:
- If the power outlets or faceplates are unusually warm and releasing strange odours
- Flickering of lights
- Unexpected static on Television or Radio
- Smoke or sparks near the switches
How To Maintain Residential Aluminum Wiring?
To keep your aluminum wiring in good condition, the very first step is to get it inspected by certified electricians regularly. The nature of aluminum wiring is to heat up and expand when the current flows and cool down and contract when it is not in use. This continuous expansion and contraction lead to the formation of gaps in the wiring which later gets exposed to the air and increases the chances of catching fire. To ensure that your wiring is working fine, you should keep an eye on unusual warm switches, bad odours, and sparks. Do this regularly and keep an eye on the wiring by removing the cover plate. Whenever you are getting the repairs done, ask the electrician to provide a certificate as they are needed for insurance purposes.