Aluminum Wiring - A Quick Overview
Updated: Mar 16, 2019
When you hear the words, “aluminum wiring”, what comes to mind? Fire, higher insurance premiums, or just an uneasy distrust? Although aluminum has earned a bad rap, the fault is not with the aluminum itself. Aluminum was used for residential applications in North America through the late 1960's to the early 1970's. This was in response to soaring copper prices. However, this was done impulsively, leading to its use in homes with little-to-no research, training, or any other considerations beyond cost.
The problem with aluminum is actually in its installation method of the time. All metals act differently when paired with each other and aluminum is no exception. The metals used in most of the fastening devices which join that aluminum wire to your receptacles, switches, dimmers, light fixtures, and appliances were not designed to work with aluminum. The result is that, over time, these poor connections heat up causing flickering, loss of power, and sometimes even fire. Your insurance company is aware of this and has most likely increased your insurance premiums for having a home with aluminum wiring.
There are options outside of replacing all the aluminum in your home to make it safe and reliable. Your best course of action is to contact a licensed electrical contractor, like Stellar Jay Electrical, and see what is best for you.
Here are six steps to dealing with your aluminum:
1. Get It Checked
It never hurts to ask. If you are concerned that you have aluminum wiring or want to know what condition it is in, call a licensed electrical contractor. . . Start with us! We do not charge for estimates, and with a quick visit, we can let you know where you stand and discus how to proceed.
2. Get It Fixed
Hiring a licensed electrical contractor is your way of ensuring your home is made safe. With over a decade dealing with aluminum, we know how to get your home safe and reliable. Providing you with peace of mind along the way.
3. Make It Yours
In the process of correcting the issues with your aluminum wiring all your receptacles, lights, switches, and other devices will be pulled out to grant access. We often suggest taking this opportunity to upgrade your devices, adding dimmers, or changing light fixtures. By doing this you can update and refresh the look of your home while saving on labour costs.
4. Get It Verified
By hiring a licensed electrical contractor, you know the work is done right. All our work is inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) by law. This reinforces that fact that the work is done right, and you receive a certificate proving it.
5. Follow Up
Once you have your ESA certificate, contact your home insurance provider and let them know you have had your home’s electrical updated and verified. Doing so often lands you lowered insurance premiums.
6. Let Others Know
Confident with your new electrical? Happy with the service you received? Let others know! Refer your friends, family, and co-workers. For every new client sent our way that uses our services, you will receive a credit to your project or a gift card for future projects or to pass on.