If you are doing home renovations or purchasing a home it is important for you to know how to identify aluminum wiring. Aluminum wiring can be a red flag for many electrical issues and will require intervention from a qualified electrical professional for repair.
Aluminum wiring is a known cause for many electrical fires due to poor connections from years of use or even overheating . As a result of the potential hazard, most all home insurance companies in Alberta now will require an electrical inspection and upgrade prior to insuring your home or business if it was built in the 1950's to the late 1970's.
How to Identify Aluminum Wiring:
- Carefully inspect the wire looking for markings on the plastic-sheathed or cloth outer jacket of the electric cables.
- Cables or wires with aluminum conductors will have “Al” or “Aluminum” printed on the outer jacket.
If you are unsure or can not locate any markings always be sure to have a certified electrician or electrical contractor do an electrical inspection and perform the proper corrective measures to repair the circuitry of your home or business.
Wireworks Electrical Services Ltd. is a leading electrical contractor serving Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan dedicated to providing peace of mind electrical inspections and aluminum wiring upgrades since 2008.