Aluminum Wiring Facts and Fallacies

At the point when initially utilized in branch circuit wiring, aluminum wire was not introduced any uniquely in contrast to copper. Because of expanded copper costs during the 1960’s, aluminum wiring turned out to be more pervasive in wiring homes. It was known at the time that aluminum wire requires bigger wire measure than copper to convey a similar current.

For instance, a standard 15-amp electrical switch set up with No. 14 check copper requires No. 12 check aluminum. Average associations from electrical wire to electrical gadgets, additionally called terminals, are typically made by folding the wire over the screw terminals and fixing the wire or pushing the wire through the rear of the power source. After some time, a considerable lot of these terminations to aluminum wire started to bomb because of ill-advised association strategies and unique metals. These association disappointments produced heat under electrical burden and brought about overheated associations.


Power is sent from the utility producing stations to singular meters utilizing only aluminum wiring. In the U.S., utilities have utilized aluminum wire for more than 100 years. It takes one pound of aluminum extrusion to approach the current conveying limit of two pounds of copper. The lightweight conductors empower the utility to run transmission lines with a large portion of the quantity of supporting constructions. The utility framework is intended for aluminum conductors, and utility installers know about establishment methods for the sorts of aluminum conductors utilized in utility applications. Before 1972, the aluminum wire was made to ad to 1350 arrangement amalgam. This amalgam was explicitly intended for power transmission reason. Because of its mechanical properties the 1350 composites were not reasonable for use in branch hardware. Now another innovation of aluminum wire was created, known as AA-8000 arrangement which is the current aluminum wire utilized today for branch hardware, anyway it is amazingly uncommon to discover in branch circuit wiring. This kind of wire when introduced appropriately can be similarly about as protected as copper wire.