Aluminum Wiring Electricians
Our Team Is Ready to Mitigate Fire Risks from Aluminum Wiring
In the 1960s and 1970s, home builders used aluminum wiring because of affordability and conductive properties. However, the wiring was later tied to fire hazards as electrical systems in homes began to age. At Mister Sparky, we’re ready to help you mitigate the fire risks associated with aluminum wiring through repair or replacement. Our electricians are licensed and highly-trained so that they can provide quality work and unrivaled customer experiences. We’ll come to your home, inspect for aluminum wiring, and then replace it with a safer type of wiring.
Call our team of aluminum wiring repair and replacement electricians at (800) 906-4577 for help with your home’s needs. A member of the Mister Sparky team is ready to take your call 24/7.
Is Aluminum Wiring Dangerous?
As mentioned above, aluminum wire was popular in the 1960s and 1970s because of its weight, conductivity, and low cost. Though it has a bad reputation, aluminum wire is not always a fire risk if installed properly. Since aluminum shrinks and expands depending on the temperature, its connections to terminals can naturally loosen. Improperly secured aluminum wiring can loosen over time and cause sparks and overheating. The dangerous parts of aluminum wiring are at switches, outlets, and other terminals.
Electricians may not always need to replace aluminum wiring. However, if your home has aluminum wiring, you should always have it inspected by an electrician for safety. Since this type of wiring has the potential to be exceptionally dangerous, a pro should always be the one to inspect it. If you’re planning on selling your home soon, know that some home inspectors will no longer pass houses with aluminum wiring.
Aluminum Wiring Solutions
- Converting to Copper Wiring
If your home has aluminum wiring, two options can help ensure that the wiring isn’t dangerous. The first and most obvious answer is a complete rewiring of your home. An electrician should use copper wire to replace aluminum because of its conductivity and stability. However, this process can be extensive.
- Pig Tailing
When complete rewiring isn’t a viable solution, an electrician might suggest something known as pig tailing. Pig tailing describes the process of connecting the end of every aluminum wire in a home to a copper wire strand using a special wire connector. Pig tailing modernizes aluminum wiring enough to pass most local codes and inspections.
Call Our Aluminum Wiring Electricians Today
If your home is older and you’re uncertain if it has aluminum wiring, it probably does. Our team is ready to come to your home, inspect its wiring, and help you decide the best way to mitigate hazards from aluminum wires. We always consider your needs and budgets as we make your home’s electrical systems safer.
At Mister Sparky, we’re proud of the service provided by our experienced electricians. Every member of our team receives training that follows the highest industry standards. Besides being expert electricians, we’re also friendly and courteous! We’ll show up on time, provide personable service, and back all our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Electrical work can be dangerous, so let our pros handle it for you!
We ready to answer your questions about aluminum wiring at (800) 906-4577. We take calls 24/7 for your convenience.