Eliminating Aluminum Wiring Danger
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that homes using old aluminum wire are “55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach fire hazard conditions” than a home wired with copper.
What is the cause of this alarming statistic? Aluminum is a soft metal, and it can expand or contract on heating or cooling. Copper also does the same but the rate at which both expand and shrink vary. Besides, most metals oxidize when exposed to oxygen; however, when copper undergoes oxidation, it forms a conductor, whereas aluminum forms a resistance, resulting in more heat which can affect the circuit breaker. Subsequently, this could cause electrical problems like dimming lights, power outages, fluctuations, and overloaded switchboards that can harm your devices and cause electrical fires. Always look out for signs of melting, and for the smell of burnt wires.
If your San Diego home was built in the mid 60s to mid to later 70s, it’s very possible that it has aluminum wiring. It’s also possible that aluminum wire was used to add or modify existing circuits in your home even if it wasn’t built during that timeframe. The best thing to do if you have fixed aluminum wiring in your home is to have your entire electrical system evaluated by a licensed electrician and convert from aluminum to copper connections.
How to Properly Repair Aluminum Wire
Point Loma Electric specializes in eliminating aluminum wiring danger, issues, and worries. These are issues that younger electricians may not be familiar with. Therefore, you need to select the right service provider to ensure everything is working properly and to resolve any potential electrical problems with the circuit breakers within the shortest time possible.
The options available for converting from aluminum to copper connections include:
- Copper rewiring
- Pigtail aluminum wire ends with special crimp connectors called COPALUM (requires special certification and very expensive tools).
- Connect the aluminum wire ends with aluminum to copper AlumiConn wire lug connector (preferred method)
Rewiring your entire home with copper wire can be very costly and impractical. As an alternative for a permanent repair, the U.S. CPSC recommends that pigtailing be done with special connectors called AlumiConn connectors.
Aluminum Wiring Repair Using AlumiConn Wire Lug Connectors
The AlumiConn method is the most accessible and cost effective solution to addressing aluminum electrical wiring issues. However, this type of electrical repair should be done only by a certified electrician that is familiar with aluminum wire problems and repair methods. Completely eliminate aluminum wire danger and protect your family today by calling Point Loma Electric to convert your aluminum wiring to copper using AlumiConn wire lug connectors.
Point Loma Electric incorporates the use of quality copper wire at every single device and lighting connection by using AlumiConn fasteners to convert from aluminum wire to copper wire at every wall plug, light switch and light fixture. Our use of AlumiConn wire lug connectors set us apart from the rest.
As your San Diego electrician, Point Loma Electric takes pride in providing quality aluminum wiring correction services and on-time results. When you hire Point Loma Electric for your San Diego rewiring or aluminum wiring correction needs, you’ll be hiring fully licensed and insured electricians that provide quality work.