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Aluminum Wiring History
During the late 1960’s and into the early 1970’s the price of copper skyrocketed and aluminum electrical wiring was introduced by electricians and electrical contractors throughout the country as a means of easing the cost of residential electrical construction. Shortly after the introduction of aluminum wiring in homes it was discovered that while being cheaper in price it was an unsafe alternative for home construction. The unforeseen aluminum wiring dangers that eventually ended its use are numerous but the main problem was and still is that it’s an extreme fire hazard. Estimates from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission state that aluminum wiring in houses is a tremendous danger and it was installed in upwards of 2 million residences during this period.
If you think your home has aluminum electrical wiring you can consult with our electricians in Mesa AZ free of charge. They have been trained and certified with years of experience upgrading and repairing aluminum wiring inside homes just like yours. Our Mesa AZ electricians have the safety solutions you’re looking for.
Why Is It Unsafe In Homes?
Aluminum is a soft metal that expands and contracts with changes in temperature. While aluminum wiring is still an excellent conductor of electricity that utility companies like APS and SRP still use today, its soft nature makes it a fire hazard for home construction. The problem is mostly at the connection points, properly terminating it tightly around a screw on a switch or outlet is impossible because it will simply smash down leaving a loose connection. Similar problems arise when splicing these wires, when twisted together for tightness they crack or break off. These loose connections produce heat causing the wire to expand, which further loosens the connection. As this process of expansion and contraction continues over time the connection gets weaker and weaker resulting in a break in the electrical circuit, overheating, sparking or a fire.
Labeled “A Serious Potential Fire Hazard” By the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Consumer Products Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson stated: “This is an area we feel very strongly about. Aluminum wiring in a house presents a very serious potential fire hazard.” Mr. Wolfson continued: “We feel that there are a significant number of homeowners who have not yet made the recommended aluminum wiring repairs to make their homes safe.”
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission your chances of having a wire connection reach “Fire Hazard Conditions” with aluminum wiring is 55 times greater when compared to homes with copper wiring.
Aluminum Wiring Repair – A Safe and Cost Effective Solution
While doing a whole house rewire would certainly correct the unsafe aluminum wiring in your home, there is a comparatively inexpensive way to address the hazard. Inserting a piece of copper wire between the connection points and the aluminum wires, also known as an “aluminum wiring pigtail”, provides a safe connection. When doing this aluminum to copper wiring procedure it is very important to correct every connection point. This will include all receptacles, switches, light fixtures and terminations in the main service panel. In many cases it will be necessary to cut heat damaged ends of the wires off to make a secure connection.
Our Mesa electricians have been trained and specialize in aluminum to copper wiring retrofits. This is a specialized area of electrical work that should be done by an electrician trained in aluminum electrical wiring safety retrofits.
Taking the First Step to Safety
If you suspect that aluminum wiring was used in your home and don’t know if safety upgrades have been done yet, feel free to call our in-office electricians in Mesa. They will answer all of your questions about aluminum wiring repairs and retrofits. They are available today, Monday, June 17th, 2019, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and are happy to assist you in determining if your home’s electrical wiring has any safety issues.
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