Do you live in or are you purchasing a home built between 1960 and the mid 1970s? There’s a good chance that the wiring used is made from Aluminum instead of Copper.
Aluminum wire is softer, expands more under load and conducts less electricity when it oxidizes. This can cause safety issues, specifically at connections for switches, in receptacles and in your electrical panel. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that homes wired using aluminum have a 55 times higher chance to reach fire hazard conditions at connections compared to buildings wired with copper.
Due to the increased fire hazard, many insurance carriers either don’t insure or insure such properties at a higher price.
Kwick Lights is a TE Connectivity Authorized COPALUM™ Installer
Kwick Lights is an authorized COPALUM™ installer. COPALUM™ offers an affordable, insurance approved, permanent repair method for aluminum wiring.
The patented COPALUM™ crimp method is recommended by the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC) and is found to be as effective in hazard mitigation as a complete, much more expensive, copper rewire.
Our experienced technicians will inspect all connection points in receptacles and switches and then crimp a copper connection onto your existing aluminum wire.
Kwick Lights also offers the AlumiConn system, an alternative aluminum wiring repair solution, approved by select insurance carriers.
Using this method, our technicians will inspect your switches and receptacles and install an AlumiConn connector. This connector creates a conductive connection between aluminum and copper without the two wires touching directly. This mitigates the hazards caused by the two materials’ different expansion rates which is a common source of sparking/fires.
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Upon completion of the repair, our team will provide the necessary documentation and photo evidence requested by your insurance carrier.
Aluminum wiring can be identified either by a stamp reading “Aluminum” or “AL” along the jacket, or by the conductor’s silver color, versus the brown color of copper. Remember that only experienced electricians should deal with live power circuits - call Kwick Lights today if you’re unsure and would like for a technician to evaluate your home.