COST TO REPLACE ALUMINUM WIRING IN A HOUSE

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

The costs to remediate aluminum wiring in a house will vary depending on the option a homeowner chooses. Pig-tailing aluminum and copper wiring will ccertainly cost the least but are a temporary fix that will require ongoing maintenance by an electrician to re-tighten the connections. Rewiring an entire house will cost the most but will require no further maintenance.

No matter the choice, a home-owner should ensure that the method should meet the following criteria:

SAFE It will not increase the risk of fire

EFFECTIVE It must actually work to reduce/eliminate the risk of fire

PERMANENT It should not require ongoing maintenance. An emergency or quick fix that will not last is simply a band-aid solution and not a viable long term option.

ALUMINUM WIRING SOLUTIONS

There are 2 aluminum wiring solutions Gentlemen Electric offers that fit the above criteria.

REWIRE AND REPLACE ALUMINUM WIRING

Although this is the most expensive solution, replacing aluminum wiring with copper is the best option. The process involves replacing the aluminum branch circuit conductors with copper wire, which our electrical contractors fish directly into the wall. Open/unfinished spaces with no drywall are easier to replace, so if your home has an unfinished basement, for example, the cost can be less. There may be some cutting into the drywall and ceilings, which is where the cost comes in. This does cover the safe, effective and permanent solution guidelines, the new copper circuit system will be installed and the aluminum wire is left in the walls with no electricity running through it. However, as it is the most expensive option, we can recommend some alternative ways to mitigate the risk.

ALUMICONN

In an emergency, an pig-tail consisting of a AL/CU twist on connector may be used, but it is highly recommended that one of the permanent methods listed be completed as soon as possible.

Book an appointment today for a Free aluminum wiring inspection and cost estimate with Gentlemen Electric.

ALUMINUM WIRE REPAIR METHODS WE DO NOT RECOMMEND

Gentlemen Electric does not recommend using any of the following "Aluminum Wiring Solutions".  They are not permanent and have proven to be 100% effective during testing.
DOING NOTHING
This option speaks for itself, as it does nothing to reduce the risk to your house. It may also create problems with your insurance provider, as they may require you to fix this potential problem.
CRIMP CONNECTORS
TWIST ON CONNECTORS
CO/ALR SWITCHES AND RECEPTACLES

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