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Aluminum Wiring

Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring

Owners and perspective buyers of older homes often face insurance concerns with aluminum wiring. New policy applications, or the renewal of existing policies, may require an electrical inspection to confirm the presence of aluminum wiring in the home. Insurance companies consider aluminum wiring in the home to be a greater risk than copper wiring. Aluminum wiring was used extensively in homes built between 1965 and 1980. As electrical concerns arose from the use of aluminum wiring, industry changes were made. Copper wiring is now the most commonly used wiring for branch circuits.

Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring In The Home

  • Higher risk of fire. Sources claim homes with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have a fire hazard condition.
  • Higher electrical resistance resulting in damaged wiring and devices due to overheating.
  • Oxidation on aluminum wiring when exposed to oxygen, resulting in failure of connections.

BC homeowners have three ESA approved options for addressing the concerns of aluminum wiring in the home: CO/ALR or AL/CU Devices, Copper Pigtails, or a Complete Home Rewire using copper wiring. For more information on these options, click here.

Only a trained and certified electrical contractor should complete any of these methods and ensure that proper installation procedures are strictly followed. Depending on the circumstances, a Blue Crest Electric technician may recommend one or a combination of Code approved options.

Symptoms That May Indicate Aluminum Wiring Problems

  • Flickering lights that cannot be traced to a failing bulb or other external cause
  • Plugs that do not work, even with the circuit energized
  • Unusual static on the radio, TV or computer
  • Switch plates and receptacle covers that are warped, discolored or warm to the touch
  • Circuit breakers or fuses that trip for no apparent reason
  • Strange odor similar to that of burning plastic around switches and receptacles
  • Smoke or sparking around electrical devices

If you notice any of these problems, it is important to have a certified, electrical contractor check the electrical system as soon as possible. If your insurance provider has never requested an electrical inspection, it is very likely that this will happen sooner rather than later. Like you, your insurance provider wants the assurance that your home is safe.

Our Blue Crest Electric technicians would be happy to address all your aluminum wiring needs.

Rusty Panel

A Rusty Panel Needs Attention

This tenant needs to be evicted.This rusty panel certainly needs professional attention. It has been subjected to humidity for so long that a slug has moved in and taken up residence. To function safety, an electrical panel needs to be kept clean and dry, so this slug needs to be evicted today. Rust and corrosion inside the panel are very damaging and if left as is, rusty panel circuits will soon begin to fail as the rust, corrosion or eventual arcing, destroys the contact points. A completely preventable situation will then become an expensive repair.

Your electrical panel is the most important part of your electrical system. It is a piece of equipment that requires periodic maintenance by a licensed electrician. Picture the panel as the heart of your electrical system, sending power to all the circuits throughout your home much like the heart sends energy rich blood throughout the body. A rusty panel can not do this task reliably.

If your electrical panel has been neglected, shows signs of rust or corrosion, and possibly at risk of failure, give us a call. Our technicians can give it a thorough safety check-up and make any required repairs to keep your electrical system functioning safely for years to come.