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Chesapeake Aluminum Wiring Repair & Replacement

Protecting You & Your Property from Dangerous Fire Hazards

Watch out; unless it has been repaired properly, solid-conductor aluminum electrical wiring, installed in homes in North America in the 1960s and ‘70s is a fire hazard in buildings. Aluminum electrical wire was never technically recalled in the U.S. or Canada. The absence of a product recall is not an assurance that it is safe, however.

If you believe you may need aluminum wiring replacement in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, or the surrounding areas, reach out to the team of Master Electricians at Hutton Power & Light, LLC today. With over 40 years of industry experience, we understand how to effectively repair or replace hazardous aluminum wiring. Our team works quickly and carefully to ensure your safety and the safety of your home or commercial property.

Schedule an appointment with Hutton Power & Light, LLC today by calling (757) 600-6605 or use our online contact form. We always stand behind our work with honesty and integrity.

Is Aluminum Wiring Ever Safe?

Aluminum electrical wiring is indeed "safe" in buildings if it has been properly repaired using methods and connectors that are suitable for use. Misinformation about aluminum wiring is widespread and its failure mechanism leading to overheating is usually not explained properly.

Problems due to aluminum wiring expansion or, much more likely, micro-fretting and arcing at the aluminum wiring connectors, can cause overheating at the connections between the wire and devices (switches and outlets) or at aluminum wire splices. The connections can become hot enough to start a fire without ever tripping a circuit breaker!

Micro-fretting and arcing may not be the most dramatic catastrophes linked to fires caused by aluminum wiring, but these are conditions that are found in many homes with aluminum wiring, confirming that this is a real, common, and widespread hazard.

Who Is Most At Risk?

CPSC research shows that "homes wired with aluminum wire manufactured before 1972 are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach ‘fire hazard conditions’" than homes wired with copper.

Post-1972 aluminum wire is also a concern. Introduction of the aluminum wire "alloys" in the 1972 timeframe did not solve most of the connection failure problems.

Aluminum wiring is still permitted and used for certain applications, including residential service entrance wiring and single-purpose higher amperage circuits, such as 240V air conditioning or electric range circuits.

The fire risk from single-purpose circuits is much less than for branch circuits but it's not necessarily because of a "new alloy," as some folks assert. It's because there are enormously fewer connections (4 or 6 rather than 30 or 40 per circuit) and thus statistically a smaller chance of a connection failure. These connections do still burn up, as indicated by field reports.

Schedule an Appointment with Us Today

If you need aluminum wiring repair or replacement in Chesapeake or throughout the surrounding areas, get in touch with Hutton Power & Light, LLC as soon as possible. Our Master Electricians can come out to your home or business to conduct an electrical inspection. From there, we can recommend the best course of action. We have built our reputation on quality, honesty, and integrity; you can rest assured that we will only provide our honest, professional advice.

Fill out and submit an online contact form or give us a call at (757) 600-6605 to book your service today.

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