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Rewire Your Edmonton Home with Copper

A house fire can happen in an instance and it can destroy everything you’ve built. One of the most common causes of a fire is electrical issues. But by taking the proper measures you can reduce the risk that a fire ever affects you and your family. One area that can be overlooked is the wiring in your house. Did you know that electrical fires are about 50% more common in homes with aluminum wiring? But with an aluminum correction from Sierra Electrical Ltd and our team of electricians in Edmonton, we can help reduce the risk of fire at your home. Are you ready to learn more about what we can do for you? If so, call Sierra Electrical Ltd today and schedule a free rewiring estimate. 


Why Upgrade from Aluminum?

Aluminum wiring is extremely common. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 450,000 homes in Canada alone are wired entirely with aluminum. It’s especially present in older homes that were built in the 1960s and 1970s. However, homes with aluminum wire are extremely susceptible to fires when compared to those with other wiring like copper. Because aluminum tends to oxidize when it is exposed to air, it can overheat and in time, can fail at termination points. Aluminum is also less resilient than copper, which means it has a higher rate of expansion. When aluminum expands it can cause loose termination and connections that can cause possible arcing, melting and even fire. But with an electrical upgrade in Edmonton from Sierra Electrical Ltd, our experienced electricians will make sure everything in your home is safe and up to code. We can also install co/air connections and arc-fault circuit interrupters to minimize risks if rewiring your home isn’t an option. For more information about aluminum wiring and the dangers, contact Sierra Electrical Ltd today


How to Tell if Your Home Has Aluminum Wiring 

In some cases, homeowners are informed of the presence of aluminum wiring when they purchase a home. However, if you weren’t, you might be able to check for the wiring yourself. First, head to your attic, basement, crawl space or any other services panel (without removing its cover) and check for the word “Aluminum,” or any abbreviations such as ALUM, AL, ALUM ACM, and AL ACM. You can also schedule an electrical safety inspection that will confirm any aluminum wiring or other concerns. Among the symptoms of aluminum wiring problems are:

  • Lights flickering that can’t be traced to a failing bulb or other cause
  • Plugs that won’t work even with the circuit energized 
  • Smoke or sparking from electrical devices 
  • Odours near switches or receptacles that resemble burning plastic 
  • Static on your radio, television or computer 
  • Discoloured, warm, or warped switch plate and receptacles 
  • Circuit breakers and fuses that seem to trip for no reason


Schedule a Free Estimate Today

If you think your home may be at risk due to aluminum wiring, it’s best to call a professional electrician as soon as possible. At Sierra Electrical Ltd, we’ll make sure your home is safe and all your electrical components are up to code. For more information or to schedule a free rewiring estimate at your home, contact Sierra Electrical Ltd today.

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