Electrical Wiring Repair, Broken Arrow, OK
The reason behind many electrical repairs within commercial and building homes nowadays is frequently due to the type of wiring within their construction – precisely, the aluminum type. Aluminum wiring was commonly installed in buildings from the 1960s to 1970s, primarily because of its growing popularity due to its weight, conductivity and low cost. It was installed in the same way as copper wiring, which functions differently than aluminum wiring does. In later years it was found out that these two very unique types of wiring need to be installed in a different manner from each other. Nevertheless, many buildings and homes still contain aluminum wiring that was installed in the same way as copper wiring, which has caused issues down the line: for example, many electricians have installed aluminum wires with connections made specifically for copper wires.
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Why It’s Necessary to Remove Aluminum Wiring
Improperly installed aluminum wiring can undergo micro-fretting and arcing, which can occur at connectors, causing overheating between wire connections (thus, melting the insulation), and the adjoined devices. Overheating then leads to rust forming at the bare wire connections. This rust coating lubricates the bonds, causing the wires to move. Additionally, due to fluctuations in environmental temperatures, wires expand and contract, causing more loosening in connections. All of this leads to sparks which can lead to fires. Another problem is when aluminum wiring and copper wiring are paired to create connections; this causes wires to disconnect with ease, again, leading to insecure wire connections which lead to fires.
SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN YOUR COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING HAS ALUMINUM WIRING:
Electrical outlets that do not work or are loose
Circuits that do not work
Connections are not firmly held together or solidly attached
A device or appliance is hot to the touch, and the outlet it’s plugged into is also hot
The smell of burning plastic around switches and receptacles
Unusual static on the radio, TV or computer
Smoke or sparking around electrical devices
Remember that although the above are sure signs that problems within aluminum wiring exist, frequently connections within wires fail without any warning signs.
Aluminum wiring generally has a lifespan of only 30 years. So, if your commercial building or house has been around for at least that long, or if you have aluminum wiring in your Broken Arrow business or home, you should consider having a professional electrician perform a thorough inspection of wiring within your building. Since early 1970s procedures for aluminum wiring installation have changed, and numerous safety concerns have emerged in the past about the way aluminum wires were installed.
If you suspect even the slightest chance that something could be the matter with the wiring in your commercial or residential building, it is crucial that you call our Broken Arrow electricians.
If you have any questions or need an Electrical Inspection for Aluminum Wiring in the Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Coweta, Wagoner, or Muskogee areas, please call our wiring experts at (918) 221-9523.
Our committed electricians will arrive promptly and will deliver exceptional and reliable service that is unmatched by anyone else in your area! We offer 100% guarantee on all of our services. If you are not satisfied with our aluminum wiring repair service, that service is on us!
Electricians of Broken Arrow
68018 S 313 CT
Wagoner, OK 74467