Aluminum Wiring. We often inspect homes that have aluminum electrical wires present. Some wires are original and others have been updated using approved methods.

So what is aluminum wiring?

Aluminum wire was used widely in houses during the mid-1960s and 1970s. Issues related to expansion can cause overheating at connections between the wire and devices (switches and outlets).

These issues can lead to fire hazards.

Above is an image of a recent home inspection where aluminum wires overheated, causing fire damage.

Approved repairs can include a full electrical re-wire or pigtailed connections. Pigtailed connections are less costly and are often the preferred solution. These repairs should be accompanied by an electrical permit and inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

Having ESA paperwork to accompany the repair is extremely helpful. When the house is sold, the sellers are able to prove that the aluminum wiring has been repaired professionally, and inspected.

Aluminum wiring can be a hazard and can also cause caution for home buyers.
That said, if it is repaired/replaced professionally, it is not an issue.

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