Electrical Aluminium Wiring & Rewiring in Toronto & GTA
Rewiring in copper is the most complete and permanent recommended procedure. Costs related to a project of this nature can be kept to a minimum with expert planning, especially if it is coordinated with other major renovations. This is the perfect time to upgrade outdated receptacles and switches to a sleek new look.
Aluminum wiring can be a fire hazard wherever the wire is spliced or makes a connection with an outlet, switch, circuit breaker or other component of an electrical system. Another reason aluminum wiring is such a fire hazard is because it shrinks and expands depending on the temperature. These changes to the aluminum wires can result in overheating, sparks and fires. Due to such safety risks, only copper wiring has been used for electrical systems since the late 1970s.
As a homeowner you have two options when it comes to aluminum wiring.
The first option, most recommened, is to replace you aluminum wiring with copper wiring.
There are additional benefits related to the value of your home and to your insurance when all of the aluminum has been removed and replaced with copper. Total re-wiring in copper provides complete peace of mind by bringing your entire electrical system in line with the most current edition of the Electrical Safety Code of Ontario.
The second option is to rejuvenate the aluminum wiring connections.
This is the more cost effective way, but not as safe as rewiring with copper wiring. Aluminum wiring rejuvenation would entail installing a small piece of copper wire to the aluminum wire and terminate the copper wire portion of the cable to the device.
ALL aluminum wiring rejuvenations require the person performing the work to take out an Electrical Safety Authority permit.