Replacing Aluminum Wiring
Want to replace your aluminum wiring?
At HouseDepot, we have licensed master electricians to serve you. Our electricians have knowledge of the latest electrical safety codes and make a priority of your safety. We replace aluminum wiring for your protection and safety or alternatively where possible we can install al-cu electrical fittings which can reduce the risks associated with aluminum wiring. We provide the best service in the area. We try to set up a schedule that suits you. Just contact us for safe aluminum rewiring.
The safety of aluminum wiring
With regular maintenance and check ups you can keep your wiring function safely. You can make your aluminum wiring safe without having to actually replace it in most cases. For this, you just have to use exact electrical connections which are safe for aluminum wiring, either al-cu or cu-al. The electrical connections also need proper maintenance. Most issues occur at termination points where wiring joins with a fixture or panel.
Major risks of aluminum wiring
The problem of wiring may arise when you move into an older home. At that time it is a matter of safety for your family to get a proper inspection of the wiring. You should consider a certified company like House Depot for finding disrepair or trouble. Your house could be at risk because aluminum wiring easily overheats. Research suggests that aluminum wiring is nearly 55 times more likely to burst into flames than copper. The reason is that the aluminum contracts and expands more quickly than copper.
While bending, aluminum will break down and wear more quickly than copper. Over time, this break down will gradually resist electric current. This resistance to electric current causes excessive heat.
The outer surface of a wire can weaken by having exposure with oxygen. This process is oxidation. aluminum wire oxidizes quickly than copper wire. The other problem is that the aluminum oxide is less conductive than copper oxide and when there is resistance there is a corresponding increase in heat generated by the electrical current passing through. Oxidation weakens the connection and also can cause a fire.
Effect of aluminum wiring on your home insurance
Many insurance agencies do not insure homes having aluminum wiring. These agencies demand replacement of wiring according to present day electrical code but some may simply require an inspection and connector upgrade by a licensed electrician.
What is the cost of replacing aluminum Wiring?
Replacing aluminum wiring is removing aluminum wiring in the entire home. Copper cables are used for the replacement of aluminum. This method is time consuming and requires cutting holes in walls. This is because most electrical wiring runs between the walls. Rewiring a complete home is inexpensive on materials. In comparison, it may be costly in terms of labor. Mainly the cost depends on the size of the home and the accessibility of wiring to an electrician. The age of your home also matters. You can opt for pig-tailing if you don’t want to rewire your entire home. Pig-tailing will be a more inexpensive option for you. In this way, you can bring up your home to modern electrical codes one section at a time. Pig-tailing, adding a short section of wire between two other wires, helps you convert from aluminum wiring to copper. In this way, you can avoid the costly job of complete rewiring.
Best electrical services in GTA
House Depot is an electrical and HVAC service provider. We provide service in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). We have expert electricians who provide quality service. We offer complete electrical service in homes. We replace aluminum wiring; install fixtures and vehicle charging stations. We do electrical diagnosis and troubleshooting as well as Service and Panel Upgrades.