Aluminum Wiring Safety: Electrical Panel Aluminum Wiring Tampa Florida

Posted on: May 6, 2019 by in Blog
No Comments

Aluminum wiring in a house could suggest a fire hazard. Houses that were around in the 60s and 70s had aluminum as electrical wiring instead of copper. However, you need to understand that the wiring is not the issue. Aluminum is a safe conductor of electricity. The problem lies in the connections. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, homes that have aluminum wiring are more prone to fire hazards than houses with copper wiring.

Making Aluminum Wiring Safe

A total rewiring is not always the best option as this requires breaking into walls and going through every wire in the house. Imagine the work it takes to trace a home’s wirings. Even a residential property will still demand a lot of time and carefulness. Rewiring a house is both expensive and impractical.

What electricians normally do to fireproof the wiring connections is add a short piece of copper wire at every aluminum wiring. This way, copper is connected to every outlet, switch, or electrical device in place of aluminum. CPSC advises COPALUM connectors, and you need to have the proper training to install this. AlumiConn is a good brand, and this is available online.

An electrician will put this connector with a matching AMP too. They will then place an insulating sleeve around the crimp connector. This is also expensive but effective.

There are other mitigations that, while not recommended by the CPSC, can provide temporary repair for defective aluminum wiring.

  • Anti-oxidant paste. The electrician can apply this for wires that have multiple strands or wires that are too big for crimping.
  • Replacement of identified hazard-prone devices and connections that have better compatibility with aluminum wire.
  • Removal of all flammable components surrounding the connections.

In the case of wire splices, please know that these need repair as well. You can find these connections in junction boxes. But these may also exist in receptacle boxes that have wiring for light or electrical receptacle. In addition, multiple copper pigtailing is not a recommendation for safety reasons.

Why is it important to be cautious in rewiring or repairing aluminum wiring in homes? Well, to start, a house is a safe haven for families. And to make a place safe, we need to eliminate the hazards. Contact a professional electrician today, and get your house checked.


SEC new logoSEC Inspection Services has been providing Home Inspections and Insurance Inspections (4.0 & Mitigation) on Residential and Commercial Properties. Their home inspection process covers Attic Insulation, Ventilation, Roof & Flashings, Gutters, Crawlspace, Foundation, Grading, Retaining Walls, Siding and Trim, Driveways & Walks, Ceilings, Floors, Walls, Doors and Windows, Chimney, Fireplace, Major Appliances, Electrical System, Water Heater, Plumbing System, Air Conditioning and Heating to home buyers and home sellers in Tampa Bay Area, Clearwater, Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Oldsmar, Odessa, Safety Harbor, Brandon, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Holiday, New Port Richey and Hudson since 1999.

Your Premier Tampa 4 Point Inspection | Let this experienced Tampa Home Inspection Company help keep you from buying The Money Pit. We’ll alert you to any and all health or safety issues and maintenance needs of the home you’re looking to buy.

SEC Inspection Services will be your home buying or selling advocate!  We are committed to providing you with outstanding service. We’re highly experienced and extremely thorough. If you’re looking to buy or sell in the Tampa area, we can help!

“Where All Of Our Inspectors Are G00d L00kers”.

Call SEC Inspection Services Today (727) 359-0935 or Click To Schedule Online 24/7 Right From Our Website.

Service Areas:

Tampa Bay Area, Clearwater, Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Oldsmar, Odessa, Safety Harbor, Brandon, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Holiday, New Port Richey and Hudson

Comments are closed.