Do These Electrical Safety Issues Exist in YOUR Home?
Our easy checklist contains common problems you may not know are unsafe.
As time passes, technology gets better and safer. If you live in an older home, your wiring may be inefficient or even an electrical fire hazard.
From the initial planning stages to installing the last switch, Sun Electrical will have your wiring upgrade done right, the first time.
Upgrading the wiring in your house can be needed for a number of reasons:
- Old knob-and-tube wiring
- Aluminum wiring
- Short circuits or circuit failures
- Small or large renovations
- Power requirements
- Code requirements
- Lighting upgrades
- Solar installation
- Outlets not working in one room
Whatever the reason, your first call should be to Sun Electrical for an honest, upfront quote. Our team of certified electricians will work with you to determine the best course of action.
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Aluminum Wiring Inspections
If your home was built between 1960 and the late 1970’s, there is a good chance it is wired with aluminum wiring. There are a number of issues with aluminum wiring, and a yearly inspection is highly recommended.
Aluminum wiring can suffer from some of the following issues:
- Oxidization due to lack of corrosion inhibitor application at time of installation – which leads to connection and conductivity problems
- Wrapping the wire around the terminal screws in the wrong direction which can lead to contact and the risk of shock
- Inadequate torque on the terminal screws
- Excessive torque on the terminal screws
- Cold flow or “creep”, where the current flowing through the wire causes the aluminum to expand and contract, literally undoing the terminal screw connections and causing a loose connection or a short
- Use of “copper only” outlets (plugs, switches) with aluminum wiring
At Sun Electrical, our certified Airdrie electricians can give you the peace of mind that your electrical system will continue to run uninterrupted for years to come.
The initial home inspection will consist of the following:
- Opening each receptacle and switch outlet to ensure proper connection and torquing of the aluminum wiring
- Ensuring that each outlet is rated for aluminum wiring, and not “copper only”
- In the case that there are outlets that are rated “copper only”, our certified electricians will complete an aluminum to copper splice to allow you to use the same outlet worry-free
- Any minor deficiencies will be immediately corrected, and any major deficiencies will be brought to you with a list of suggested corrections
Following the initial inspection, the following yearly inspections will consist of the following:
- Spot checking receptacles and switches at random to ensure that the aluminum wiring is still performing at optimal levels
Unchecked and uninspected, aluminum wiring can cause you problems ranging from intermittent power loss and disruptions to short circuits or even potential fires.
Maintaining your aluminum wiring is critical to your safety, your investment in your home, and your peace of mind.