Aluminum wire and how to fix it..

Aluminum wire and how to fix it..

Fixing aluminum wiring in your home can be a complex and potentially hazardous task, so it's important to approach it with caution. Aluminum wiring was used in some homes in the 1960s and 1970s but is no longer commonly used due to safety concerns. Here are some steps to consider:

1. **Assessment**: Start by determining the extent of the issue. Identify any signs of overheating, such as discolored outlets or switches, flickering lights, or a burning odor.

2. **Consult a Professional**: Given the potential fire hazards associated with aluminum wiring, it's strongly recommended to consult a licensed electrician with experience in handling aluminum wiring. They can assess the situation and provide guidance.

3. **Options**:

- **Rewiring**: One of the safest and most effective solutions is to replace aluminum wiring with copper wiring throughout your home. This can be a significant and costly project but greatly reduces the risk of problems.

- **Aluminum Wiring Repair**: In some cases, electricians can use specialized connectors and techniques to repair aluminum wiring. This should only be done by a professional.

4. **CO/ALR Devices**: Install CO/ALR (copper-to-aluminum) rated outlets and switches. These are designed to work safely with aluminum wiring. It's important to use the correct connectors and devices that are approved for use with aluminum wiring.

5. **Regular Inspections**: Keep a close eye on your electrical system and perform regular inspections to identify any issues early.

6. **Electrical Panel**: Consider upgrading your electrical panel to a modern one that is better suited to handle the electrical demands of your home.

7. **Safety**: Ensure that your home has working smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher in case of emergencies.

Remember, electrical work can be dangerous, and it's essential to prioritize safety. Always hire a licensed electrician for any repairs or upgrades involving aluminum wiring to ensure your home's electrical system remains safe and up to code. At ETL ELECTRIC you and your family's safety is our #1 concern, if you hear buzzing, crackling or smell burning plastic give us a call asap!