Is Aluminum Wiring in Your Home Safe?

 If you have aluminum wiring in your home, you are not alone. It was commonly used in our area primarily during the years of 1965 and 1973. Copper prices were rising and builders were trying to find ways to lower costs. What they didn’t realize at the time, was that aluminum wiring was going to create safety issues.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that houses built with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have “fire hazard” conditions than those homes that used copper wiring. If your home was built during that time, then you should consider confirming what type of wiring you have in your home.

Aluminum wiring can conduct electricity safely. That’s not where the main safety issue lies. The extra heat generated by aluminum wiring causes problems at the connections. That’s why completely rewiring your home does not have to be the only answer. The more practical and affordable solution is to add copper wiring to the connections instead.

Professional electricians are able to install connectors that have been created as an alternative solution to the aluminum wiring problem. Your electrician can discuss with you what type of connectors are available, and what may be the best fit for your home.

Douthit Electrical can perform a home electrical safety inspection and offer the best solution to any problems that we find. Check out our current specials and give us a call. Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990.


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