Although using aluminum wiring in homes and other buildings is long out of practice, there are still many homes across the United States that are still equipped with this unsafe wiring technology. According to many specialists, this means that any light switch, outlet and junction box connected to a circuit using aluminum wiring is a fire waiting to happen. Aluminum wiring in your home presents a very unique and real danger, and has significant potential for starting a fire if you do not take the proper precautions.
Aluminum wiring was used from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s in many new homes and remodels. It was installed to feed branch circuits coming from the electrical panel and out to light fixtures, outlets and switches. Because of frequent electrical failures in buildings that used aluminum wiring, it quickly became apparent that although the aluminum wiring itself is not dangerous, any place that the wiring makes a connection, whether it be an outlet, a light switch or a junction box, can deteriorate. Whenever these connections deteriorate, they become a significant fire hazard. Many homes have upwards of 200 connections, meaning that there are many potential electrical emergencies in these homes.
Even if your home hasn’t had any electrical issues for the last 30 or 40 years, you should consult with an electrician in Los Angeles if you believe your home may have aluminum wiring installed. If your home still has aluminum wiring used, then there are two main options for your electrician Los Angeles. They can either replace your entire wiring system, or replace every single connection in your home with a specially designed piece of copper wiring. The partial replacement option is by far the most popular, because it is just as safe as a complete rewire, but much less expensive.
If you think that your home may have aluminum wiring, contact our team at H Electric right away. We also have several other resources regarding electrical safety, home rewiring and more at our main site www.electricianlosangeles.com.