Aluminum Wiring Information

Used in many homes from the mid 1960’s to the early 1970’s, Aluminum Wiring is a potential fire hazard. This photo shows what happens when aluminum wiring is connected in the wrong manner. Not fun!

How Safe Is Aluminum Wiring?

According to the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Commission, fires and even deaths have been reported to have been caused by this hazard. Problems due to expansion, or more likely micro-fretting and arcing at the connectors, can cause overheating at connections between the wire and devices (switches and outlets), or splices. The connections can become hot enough to start a fire without ever tripping a circuit breaker. Stack Electric has the experience and know-how to safely handle your aluminum wiring needs.

Research shows that homes wired with aluminum wire manufactured before 1972 are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach, “Fire Hazard Conditions” than homes wired with copper. Post 1972, aluminum wire is also a concern. The introduction of aluminum wire “alloys” in 1972 did not solve most of the connection failure problems.

Aluminum wiring is still permitted and used for certain applications, including residential service entrance wiring and single-purpose higher amperage circuits, such as 240 volt air conditioning or electric range circuits. The fire risk from single purpose circuits is much less than for branch circuits.

However, it’s not necessarily because of a “new alloy,” as some folks may think. It’s because there are enormously fewer connections (four or six rather than 30 or 40 per circuit) and thus, statistically, a smaller chance of a connection failure. These connections do still burn up, as indicated by field reports.

Our Qualified Electricians Have Come Up With A Solution – We Will NOT Rewire Your Home!

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Our certified electricians will come to your home and deal with every receptacle, switch and light box in your entire house. We will re-splice each troublesome connection at the source and repair them with approved wire connectors at each power point. In doing so, we not only repair the faulty wiring but bring the house to current electrical standards at the same time. Guaranteeing the insurance company that the house is now in better electrical shape than when it was first built.

The Benefits To You Include:

  • Piece-of-mind that your house is safe to occupy
  • Lower insurance rates
  • Remedy the problem at a fraction of the price.
  • Letter to Insurance company guaranteeing that the house is now safe to live in and will be for years to come!
  • Stack Electric will take care of your peace-of-mind, and with the money you save why not replace those old switches and receptacles with a newer style? Our electricians are there anyway, so the cost to upgrade is minimal. All this can be done for a fraction of what it would cost to rewire your home.

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