Replacing Aluminum Wiring
When it comes to home building, many of the practices from twenty years ago have been replaced by safer and more efficient methods. Electrical systems have greatly improved thanks to the introduction of copper wires. During the 1960s and 1970s, many homes used aluminum wires. In fact, it is estimated that 2 million homes were built or renovated with aluminum wiring. During the mid-1970s, it was discovered that aluminum wiring could create a fire hazard. This is why builders switched to copper wire.
If your home has aluminum wires, the issue must be addressed immediately. H&A NYC Electrician is ready to help. Contact us today to discuss replacing your aluminum wiring as soon as possible.
Aluminum Wires Are A Serious Fire Hazard
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that aluminum wires increase the risk of a house fire by as much as 40 to 50 times when compared to copper. Scott Wolfson of the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed that aluminum wiring was a serious potential fire hazard. Unfortunately, many American homeowners have aluminum wiring yet many haven’t done anything about it.
They won’t fully understand the severity of the problem until it is too late.
Aluminum Wiring FAQs
Aluminum wiring creates problems when it is spliced and connected to an electrical outlet, breaker, or switch. The problem stems from the fact that aluminum wires will expand and shrink depending on the current temperature. Over time, the movement will lead to a break in the circuit. In the worst possible cases, it can cause overheating, electrical sparks, and fires.
Thankfully, you may not need to rewire your entire home. Instead, it is pertinent to focus on the primary connection points. Replacing the aluminum wire with copper wire is best. This should happen where the aluminum wire connects to a switch, outlet, or circuit breaker.
Since aluminum is riskier, it is pertinent to avoid taking matters into your own hands. Instead, you should hire a professional who has experience working with aluminum wiring and aluminum-to-copper retrofits. H&A NYC Electrician is eager to help. Don’t hesitate to call.