Aluminum Wiring Replacement

Welcome to Wilson Electrical Services Inc. We are a leading electrical company dedicated to helping homeowners repair, rewire, or rejuvenate aluminum wiring. With the increasing safety concerns regarding aluminum wiring, it is crucial to take measures to prevent fire incidents in homes.

Homes built between the mid-1960s and the late 1970s most likely have aluminum wiring. However, most insurers decline to insure homes with aluminum wiring, unless they see a certificate of inspection. To avoid insurance issues, the aluminum wiring needs to be inspected, repaired, replaced, or certified, while the ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) will inspect and issue a certificate of inspection.

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Aluminum Wiring in Homes

Most homes built from 1965 to 1973 have aluminum wiring, which has a higher risk of having at least one connection become a major fire hazard. Usually, a house has a minimum of 200 wire connections, clearly indicating that such a house has about 200 chances of a fire outbreak due to the danger of aluminum wiring.

Dangers of Aluminum Wiring in a Home

After careful observations, the aluminum wire has been found to have a higher likelihood of causing a fire than copper wire. Homes with aluminum wiring are susceptible to major fire hazards because the aluminum wire has the following dangers
Aluminum is very soft; thus, it is vulnerable to breaking in the wire, causing hot spots.
Aluminum expands and is capable of sneaking under screws, resulting in loose connections and overheating.
Aluminum is more oxidized and can cause overheating.
Aluminum is prone to galvanic corrosion when it comes in contact with some dissimilar metals.
The above characteristics of aluminum wiring make it more likely to cause a major fire hazard.

Why Aluminum Wiring Needs to Be Replaced

Due to the higher risk of causing a major fire hazard, it is recommended that aluminum wiring be replaced. As a result, it is best to check the electrical wiring system in your home and consider replacing it if it has aluminum wiring, except if it is certified safe after due inspection. Regardless, here are reasons why you should replace the aluminum wiring in your home

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Conductivity

Aluminum wiring of the same gauge as copper wiring has 38.2% less volume conductivity. As a result, it carries less electricity, but the loss can be compensated for by increasing its gauge, which can take up more space.

2.

Durability

Aluminum wiring is less dense and less flexible, making it less durable than copper. It can easily be damaged if roughly handled, twisted, bent, or worked on by an electrician without the right skill for the task. The aluminum conductor in the wiring can break or split during installation, which can cause arcing and electrical fires.

3.

Melting

Aluminum wiring is less durable and more prone to overheating. The aluminum conductor inside the wiring can be easily affected negatively by excess heat. It can transform into molten liquid metal and cause a major fire hazard.

4.

Corrosion

Aluminum wiring is prone to corrosion, and its level of conductivity will reduce over time, causing electrical failure in homes.
Given the above, it is advised that aluminum wiring be replaced with copper wiring that offers higher quality, reliability, durability, and safety. If you have an older home, it will help to invite a certified electrician to inspect your home and repair or replace the aluminum wiring, as the case may be. This will improve efficiency and safety. Contact us at Wilson Electrical Services Inc. to inspect and replace aluminum wiring.

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Aluminum Wiring Replacement Cost

Contact Wilson Electrical Services Inc. to replace the aluminum wiring in your home and install a safer electrical system, giving you peace of mind. Although aluminum wiring replacement can be expensive, it is necessary to keep you and your family safe.

Aluminum wiring replacement costs range from $300 to $500 per outlet. As a result, replacing the aluminum wiring of an entire home can cost from $8,000 to $15,000. However, some homeowners choose to repair aluminum wiring instead of replacing it due to the high cost of replacement.

Benefits of Replacing Aluminum Wiring with Copper Wiring

Copper wiring is undoubtedly superior to aluminum wiring. As a result, replacing aluminum wiring with copper wiring offers the following benefits:
From the above, it is better to replace aluminum wiring with copper wiring for safety purposes.

Aluminum Wiring Rejuvenation

Rejuvenating your aluminum wiring is a perfect alternative to aluminum wiring replacement if it has not undergone any kind of maintenance. Aluminum wiring rejuvenation involves replacing all the receptacles and switches with COLAR-rated devices (proper anti-oxidant and properly rated devices). Furthermore, all the connections at the junction boxes and light fixtures should be remade with properly rated wire connectors and antioxidants.

It is good to know that aluminum wiring rejuvenation is permitted through the Electrical Safety Authority (E.S.A.), and a certificate of inspection declaring your aluminum wiring safe will be given to you. Insurance companies usually ask for this certificate before they consider insuring a home with aluminum wiring.

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How Wilson Electrical Services Inc. Can Help

Are you planning to replace or rejuvenate the aluminum wiring in your home? Are you searching for a certified and licensed electrical contractor for aluminum wiring replacement or rejuvenation in your home? Do not stress out; Wilson Electrical Services Inc. will help you.

We have a reputation for top-of-the-line aluminum wiring replacement and rejuvenation. We will help you obtain a certificate of inspection regarding the aluminum wiring in your home. Contact us today, and let us take your home’s electrical wiring and safety to the next level.

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All work undertaken by our electricians is guaranteed to meet or exceed the electrical code. We acquire all necessary electrical permits in house and conduct all necessary electrical inspections. We guarantee that we comply with the Ontario Electrical Codes and Standards on every job we do.
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