While properly maintained aluminum wiring is acceptable, it will generally fail faster than copper. Insurance companies are also reluctant to insure a building that contains it because of the risk of fire.
Here o ù it thickens very often is when the aluminum wiring is used in conjunction with equipment designed for wiring leather. Aluminum tends to oxidize and heat up faster than copper. The situation is worse if the two materials are mixed and used on the same terminal block . If the right steps are not taken to secure bitch x ions, fire risks are real.
How to recognize aluminum wires ?
- Aluminum wiring can be recognized by its silver color which distinguishes it from copper.
- The cables should have a plastic sheath with the initials AL.
- If the building was constructed between 1965 and 1973, the chances of it containing aluminum wiring are higher.
Why is aluminum wiring used?
What is the risk?
What if you discover aluminum cables at home?
This will present you with a few options to correct the situation:
- Completely redo the electrical installation of the building. Although the most effective, this method will certainly prove to be the most expensive.
- Use specially designed CopAlum crimps. This special fitting can only be installed by a certified electrician. It resolves the compatibility problem between the aluminum circuit and electrical outlets designed for copper.
- Coat the connections with an antioxidant paste, considered a temporary solution.
C ow detect a problem?
- Electrical outlets or switches give off heat
- Some lights are flashing
- Light bulbs burn quickly or shine brighter than normal
- Static from the TV
- Electric arcs from electrical outlets and switches
- A smell of smoke emanating from switches or electrical outlets