As discussed in Part 1, replacing and upgrading a home’s wiring is a big and costly project, but it is often necessary to ensure your family’s safety. Upgrading the wiring of your home may also be necessary because insurance carriers occasionally refuse to provide coverage or charge higher premiums. Part 2 will cover Warning Signs, Aluminum Wiring, and Increasing Capacity.
An aluminum wiring conversion wiring should be performed by a licensed and experienced electrical contractor. The process of replacing aluminum wiring with copper wiring in your home can be complex. You may think you’ll be saving money by hiring an inexperienced electrician, but the job may not be done properly the first time, costing you money in the long run.
As noted by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 25,000 electrical fires in the U.S. are reported every year, and they cause injury or death to at least 1,300 people. What may not be commonly known is that home electrical fires cause more monetary losses than non-electrical fires. Fortunately, electrical fires can be prevented by common sense methods as discussed below.
A commercial building’s electrical service capacity is primarily based upon the building’s wiring system capacity and any connected electrical equipment’s load calculations. The breaker or fuse box size can also provide an estimate of service capacity. An electric service upgrade may also include replacing the underground cables that are connected to service panels and meters.