Does your home have aluminum wiring that needs to be replaced? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “Aluminum wiring in a house presents a very serious potential fire hazard.” If your house was built or remodeled between 1965 and 1973, or if you notice any warning signs—such as flickering lights or warm-to-the-touch face plates—call the experts at Paramount Electric right away. We will inspect your home and replace aluminum wiring as needed to keep your family safe.
Background Info: The Use of Aluminum in Residential Wiring
Many older homes built in St. Louis and across the U.S. in the 1960s and early 1970s were built with aluminum wiring. Copper is a better conductor and is generally the most common material used in residential wiring. However, aluminum wiring is both lighter and cheaper than copper. When copper prices shot up in the 1960s, aluminum became a popular alternative. But it fell out of favor again around 1972, due to quality and safety issues.
What to Do If Your Home Has Aluminum Wiring
It’s a good idea to have any existing aluminum wiring inspected and then repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Even if you haven’t noticed any warning signs indicating bad aluminum connections—such as flickering lights, warm-to-the-touch outlet plates, or electrical appliances that suddenly stop working for no apparent reason—it’s probably just a matter of time. While repair options are available, the best and most permanent solution is whole-house rewiring. We will replace all aluminum wiring throughout your home with safe, reliable copper wiring.
Can You Replace Aluminum Wiring Yourself?
No! As a homeowner, you should not attempt to repair or replace aluminum wiring yourself. With DIY electrical work, you run the risk of property damage, injury, and even death. To avoid shock, electrocution, and fire hazards, be sure to call the certified professionals at Paramount Electric. We are experts in aluminum wiring repair, whole-house rewiring, new construction electrical wiring, and more.
For related info, check out our previous post on how to Prevent Electrical Fires with AFCIs.