Aluminum electrical wiring is useful for some applications, but the material typically isn’t used for residential wiring. Still, a copper shortage in the ’60s and ’70s led to widespread aluminum wiring use in homes throughout the U.S. Although this seemed like a reasonable alternative to copper at the time, using aluminum wiring in homes can result in numerous complications and safety hazards. Homeowners with older homes may need aluminum wiring repairs or a full aluminum to copper changeover to keep their properties safe. These three signs and symptoms can indicate that homeowners may need aluminum wiring repairs.
Flickering Lights Can Indicate the Need for Aluminum Wiring Repairs
Flickering lights can be a sign of all sorts of electrical issues, and they may indicate that your home needs aluminum wiring repairs. Aluminum wiring in homes can be prone to loose connections, which can cause significant safety hazards. Loose connections can manifest as lights that flicker when they first turn on, with the flickering tapering off as the connections warm up.
Consider Aluminum Wiring Repairs ASAP if You Notice a Burnt Smell
While some aspects of failing aluminum wiring can be difficult to detect, one common symptom of deterioration is the smell of burning plastic. Any burnt smells without an obvious source should be a cause for concern, especially if your home is wired with aluminum. As these wires age and deteriorate, they can become prone to overheating. This can burn or melt plastic outlets and other nearby components. Contact a trusted electrician as soon as possible if you smell burnt plastic or other worrisome odors coming from your outlets, switches, or breaker boxes.
Look for Switch Faceplates and Outlets That are Hot to the Touch
Aluminum wiring that has seen better days can overheat and melt nearby components, but you may see signs of a problem before anything melts or burns. Outlets and switch faceplates that are hot or unusually warm to the touch can be an indication that your home’s wiring needs repair. While warm faceplates are a helpful sign that something is awry within your home’s walls, the unfortunate truth is that many electrical systems fail with little to no warning. It’s essential to have a reliable electrician in your corner in the event of an electrical mishap, and Professional Electric is standing by to help.
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