Many years ago, aluminum wiring was considered an alternative to copper wiring as it was inexpensive and seemingly safe. Although copper has always been the wiring of choice, it was overlooked as a way to save money; leading to an increase in aluminum wiring. It is now known that aluminum wiring can be dangerous as the wires tend to expand and heat up quickly, making them a serious fire hazard which is why you should hire an electrician to replace aluminum wiring.
If you have decided to rewire your home, it is important to hire an electrician to complete the job. Although DIY projects are popular for home improvement, they often leave out important safety precautions, building codes and make the task seem much simpler than it is. When it comes to electrical repairs, you should always hire a professional who has the right training. When attempting these dangerous projects, you put your health, property and loved ones at risk. Electrical malfunctions are one of the top causes of house fires, therefore hiring a licensed and educated electrician allows you to trust the safety of your home when being rewired.
Even a newly licensed electrician will have completed apprenticeship hours, learned how to properly follow safety protocols, passed a licensing test, and spent time shadowing other electricians to gain insight and training on their craft. It is also important to note that for some electrical work, a permit is required to ensure that the proper safety protocols and local codes are followed when replacing your aluminum wiring.
Did we mention that insurance companies have the ability to deny any claims made from negligence? By not getting a permit, completing faulty electrical rewiring and not getting a licensed electrician to inspect your work, an insurance company may deny your claim in case of a fire or accident. This is also why it is important to have an electrician inspect a house you are interested in purchasing, as there may be faulty electrical work from previous owners.
With all this being said, it is important that the replacement of aluminum wiring is done by a licensed electrician. Ensure your electrician is properly trained, has insurance and is qualified. If you are looking for an electrician for the replacement of aluminum wiring in your home, Contact us today! Since 2003, our team of experts at AJ’s Electrical Service & Repair have been assisting customers throughout the Lower Mainland with their electrical needs.