Aluminum Wiring Replacement In New Orleans
At one point, aluminum wiring was widely considered to be a safe wiring material, and while by today's standards it isn't considered outright dangerous, it most certainly has the potential to be. The problems with aluminum wiring don't end there, however. In addition to being a serious potential safety hazard for your home, most insurance companies won't write a policy for homes that have aluminum wiring because of the increased risk it carries, and to top it off, aluminum wiring is one of the most inefficient wiring types that exists. If your home has aluminum wiring, or you would like to find out for sure, there is no one better suited for the task than the team of professional New Orleans electricians at MK Electric Man.
If it turns out that there is aluminum wiring inside your home, our team of professional electricians here at MK Electric Man will be on the scene in no time at all to help you take care of the situation. If you aren't sure whether or not your home has aluminum wiring, our team of experts can inspect your electrical system to help you determine if your existing wiring is something that is safe for your home or something that should be replaced. Our team of experienced professionals here at MK Electric Man have the training and experience necessary to make sure that every part of your New Orleans home's electrical system is working safely, efficiently, and reliably, and a big part of that starts by making sure that your wiring system is in good working order.
Give us a call today if you have any questions about our full line of professional aluminum wiring replacement services, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for consultation with one of our skilled specialists. Our team of experts are always standing by and would be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.
Aluminum Wiring Inspections
If you do have aluminum wiring inside your home, it doesn't mean that you necessarily have to have it replaced immediately. Our team of professional New Orleans electricians can go through and inspect your home's electrical system and the wiring to help you make the determination as to whether any part of your older wiring system needs to be replaced or if it will be fine the way it is. Aluminum wiring often fails at connection points, and does so at a much more frequent rate than copper wiring, but it is generally safe for distribution, even in some modern homes. Aluminum wiring becomes a major safety hazard when it is used for branch circuit wiring. These are the wires that feed into your switches, plug, and light fixtures. Whatever the case may be, our team of experienced professionals will help you determine whether or not your existing aluminum wiring is enough of a problem that it warrants replacement.
What Makes Aluminum Wiring Unsafe?
While aluminum wiring itself isn't really unsafe, it does have a tendency to oxidize fairly quickly, and because of this, it can start to rust and deteriorate even over the course of a single day. When the wiring deteriorates like this, it can lead to overheating, even leading to house fires. In addition, aluminum is softer and more malleable than copper, making it easier for the wiring itself to sustain damage. Also, due to this malleable nature and the properties of aluminum in general, when it heats up, it tends to expand, and this thermal expansion has the tendency to make it change shape, especially at the terminal screws, which can cause the wiring to come loose or even disconnect.
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