San Diego Aluminum Wiring Replacement
If you have aluminum wiring in your home, you may need to have it fully replaced. Aluminum wiring actually isn’t the worst kind of wiring that you can have in your home, but you’ll definitely have some difficulty finding an insurance company that’s willing to write a policy for a home with aluminum wiring. There are three basic reasons that aluminum wiring is considered a safety concern:
- Aluminum tends to oxidize, which can increase the wire’s resistance, which could lead to overheating at the receptacle.
- Aluminum is softer and more malleable than copper wire, so it can be damaged much more easily.
- Aluminum may get larger as its temperature increases (which is called thermal expansion), which means it can change shape at the terminal screws, causing it to come loose or be completely disconnected.
Aluminum wiring was mainly used in the sixties and part of the seventies, though a few homes were already using copper wiring. If your home still has aluminum wiring, you may need to have it replaced, and our San Diego aluminum wiring replacement experts can help. We’ll make sure that your home’s wiring is as safe and as effective as possible. Our electricians are all licensed, certified, and professionally trained and experienced, so we can guarantee excellent performance at every single job.
San Diego Aluminum Wiring Inspections
Just because your home is wired with aluminum doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to have it gutted and replaced. Our San Diego aluminum wiring replacement technicians can give your home’s electrical system a full safety inspection and determine whether or not rewiring is necessary. Aluminum wiring does fail more frequently than copper wiring at the connection point, but it is still often used for power distribution, even in new homes.
The only time that aluminum wiring will be a real problem if it is used for branch circuit wiring. These are the wires that feed power to your switches, plugs, and lights. Larger aluminum feeders that provide power to things like your heat and AC are still very common. If you’re unsure of whether you need a rewiring for your home, call our San Diego aluminum wiring replacement specialists with any questions or to schedule and inspection.
Partial Home Aluminum Wiring Replacement
In a majority of homes, the entirety of the home does not need to be rewired. But even if only parts of your home do, it’s important to take care of it before you start to notice any problems. A San Diego aluminum wiring replacement usually takes about a week to complete. We know the disruption that this can cause in your life, so we’ll do everything to speed the process up without sacrificing quality workmanship.
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