Aluminum Wiring

Does Your House Have Aluminum Wiring?

 

You might have read or have been told that aluminum wiring for your house is bad. Although we see many problems with aluminum wires, it depends on your specific situation. Aluminum, in general, is not as good as conducting electricity as copper wires.

 

The main problems that can occur with aluminum wiring are overheating and potential fire danger. Aluminum is much more fragile than copper and, therefore, more susceptible to damage. When the wiring of your home is damaged, it can create hot spots that cause overheating and lead to house fires. Another issue electrician routinely see is the aluminum wire gets corroded, and when that happens, the wire has a hard time conducting electricity.

 

Why Rewire Aluminum Wiring?

 
      • Potential Fire Danger
      • Rusts Easily
      • Soft Breakable Wire
      • Difficult to Insure
      • Poor Conductivity
 

In some cases, you may find that a house with Aluminum wiring may be hard to insure due to the fire danger. Often an insurance company may either require you to rewire your home or, at the very least, replace all the electrical switches, electrical receptacles, and the electrical panel. If you are buying a home with aluminum wiring, you may want to check with your insurance companies’ requirements before finalizing an offer. If you are unsure the type of wiring you have in your home contact us so we can have one of our licensed electricians come by and perform an electrical inspection.

 

Signs You Need to Rewire

 
      • Burning Smell
      • Flickering Lights
      • Blown Fuses or Tripped Breakers
      • Discolored Electrical Outlets
      • Electrical Shock
      • Age of House
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

You can visually inspect your electric cables and look for wording like AL, ALUM, or ALUMINUM. If you find these markings, then this means you have aluminum wires. Additionally, you can hire an electrical contractor to come out and provide a visual inspection.
The cost will depend on the size of the house and how many fixtures and appliances need wiring. If you would like an accurate price quote, please contact us.
No, if the wiring is in excellent condition, there is no need to replace it. However, be advised that over time this specific type of installation can deteriorate.