Winter Park Electrician

What You Need to Know About Aluminum Wiring

In the past few years, there has been a lot of fear and concern about aluminum wiring in Winter Park homes. During the mid 1960’s and 1970’s, roughly 2 million homes throughout the nation were wired with aluminum. Although not as effective as copper, it was considered safe and installed all over the country due to a shortage of copper, which drove copper prices through the roof. Many years later, aluminum wiring has shown to have many more problems than standard copper wiring. The problem is not with the aluminum wire conductors, but at the point of connections.

Aluminum wire is still used primarily by the utility companies and in aviation, as well as electrical contractors for service entrance cables and feeder panels. When installed properly, with the right connectors and anti-oxidant inhibitor, aluminum wiring has proven effective. In existing Winter Park homes, however, where you have smaller branch circuits, there are corrective measures that may need to be taken to ensure that everything is working safely. (more…)

© , Contemporary Electric, All Rights Reserved, State Licence #EC13003014