Aluminum Wiring in Branch Circuits of Residential & Commercial Properties
Aluminum is a type of wiring used in branch circuits of the 1960s and ’70s as a cheap substitute for copper, and is no longer considered safe. The danger level is high, due to destructive reaction when aluminum in contact with copper, so connections loosen, which can lead to arcing and fires.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) a home with aluminum wiring is more likely to experience a fire. The following information is provided to help you and your electrician make a final decision about the priority for repair. The following information is excerpted from a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publication about aluminum wire.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that the likelihood of having a connection reach fire hazard condition in a house wired with “old technology” aluminum wiring (manufactured prior to 1972) is 40 to 50 times that of a house wired with copper wire. There is genuine increased risk of fire with such a home and the homeowner should make modifications to the house wiring system to lessen the risk.
We at Phoenix Contracting Services can help you make the right choice for your repairs.
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